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THIRU FAMILY TRUST
MOMENTUM MAKER

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The 2023 Thiru Family Trust Momentum Maker Grant was designed to improve mental health in schools by reducing student, teacher, and staff stress and anxiety resulting from the pandemic and school safety concerns.

 

In appreciation of all our grant applicants who are prioritizing mental health in schools, we are making available this collection of on-demand mental health resources. Generously curated by our partners at Teen Lifeline and M2 Well-Being, you’ll find suicide prevention and resilience-building ideas, mindfulness tips, and self-guided meditations. We invite you to share these resources with your school colleagues.

Teen Lifeline e-Learning LESSONS FOR ALL STAFF

Teen Lifeline's eLearning courses were created specifically for school staff, including teachers, counselors, administrators, and coaches. These courses encompass a range of topics, designed to integrate with existing trainings and the school's crisis plan. By leveraging these courses, administrators, staff, and faculty can enhance their skills and knowledge, fostering a collaborative and prepared environment within the school community.

 

Intervention eLearning - 2 Hours

Teachers are often the first adult to recognize a student experiencing mental health issues. 

 

This training is designed to prepare Arizona school staff with the skills they need to identify students at risk for suicide and how to provide basic intervention in a crisis.  

 

Postvention eLearning - 2 Hours

It can be difficult to know how to respond and support the school community after a suicide occurs. 

 

This training includes strategies and guidance on how to address the emotional needs of students, staff, and parents.  It equips school personnel with the necessary skills to provide appropriate support and resources, fostering healing and resilience within the school community. 

 

Self-Care for Educators - 45 Minutes

Taking time to care for one’s own emotional and physical well-being  protects school staff from secondary trauma and burnout. 

 

Learn what self-care is, signs of stress and burnout in teachers, how leadership can incorporate self-care into their school culture, and selfcare strategies for teachers.  

M2 SELF-CARE WORKSHOP SERIES

TECHNIQUES TO MANAGE STRESS AND FIND MORE EASE

Mindfulness is awareness of what you are thinking, feeling or sensing right now, and allowing whatever you find to be there, without judging it to be good or bad. The simplicity of the concept of mindfulness can seem... complicated. Above all, mindfulness is experiential. It’s not about “doing it right.” It's about cultivating awareness and authenticity.

Mindfulness can help you feel better, think better and connect better. There's a significant body of neuroscience research about the ability to change the way we think, feel and act. Meditation and other mindful practices are tools of change.

 

The M2 Mindfulness Foundations workshop series offers an introduction to mindfulness and how you can use mindfulness to build stress mastery and resilience. Each 1-hour workshop includes teaching, experiential exercise and guided meditation to build greater emotional awareness and cultivate ease. After you watch the video you can click on the button below the video frame to download a resource sheet.

 

We suggest you start with Introduction to Mindfulness, follow with Stress Less and then watch Resilience. But you can find value wherever you begin. Watch one or watch them all.  

GUIDED MEDITATIONs

Meditation is a mental training technique.

There are many kinds of meditation. Some are aimed at focusing attention, by concentrating on breath, sound, or repeated phrases, for example. Other meditations cultivate social skillfulness, such as kindness, gratitude or empathic listening. And yet others bring awareness to the body, with body scans, walking or yoga. Meditation can be practiced in solitude or with others. 

These M2 guided meditations are offered to support formal mindfulness practice. "Formal practice" is a period of time that you intentionally set aside to focus your attention inward, build awareness and presence. Like any other skill, allocating time to practice helps you be more prepared to manage the demands of daily life with more ease.

 

You can find additional meditations on our YouTube channel.

We humans thrive in community. Studies show that tending to quality relationships and giving back boost your happiness, health and sense of well-being. Loving Kindness is a practice that helps us build compassion and nurture community.

Fearlessness is the ability to look deeply inside ourselves and know who we truly are. It’s also the ability to lean into whatever our life is offering us. When life is particularly challenging, it takes courage to do that. We start right where we are, coming to mediation.

Bringing your mind into the present moment can be a practice of gratitude. Pause to appreciate our body’s connection to the earth, and invite awareness of the many ways we are supported.

Open yourself to your basic goodness. We need not be fixed. We simply honor the imperfection of being human with mindful self-compassion.

The Thiru Family Trust Momentum Maker Grant is presented by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement. Visit us at azbluefoundation.org to learn about other ways we’re tackling tough health challenges in Arizona to improve lives and inspire vibrant communities.

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