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October is Unity and Wellness Month

 


The Marysville School District was proud to join the Tulalip Tribes and Tulalip Youth Services in recognizing October as Unity and Wellness month.

Throughout October, Tulalip Youth Services dedicated their work to important community health issues, and recognized our community’s commitment to uniting together against domestic violence, bullying, substance abuse and suicide.

Each week, Tulalip Youth Services focused on a specific issue important to Tulalip and Marysville. In our schools, awareness around these subjects was raised through age-appropriate messages for students and the distribution of colorful wristbands.

The month of October highlights efforts by the Tulalip Tribes, City of Marysville and Marysville School District in support of our students and community members.

The Tulalip Tribes recently developed “The Feels Campaign." The idea behind the campaign, geared toward teens and adults, is to build conversations around our lives and behavior. It seeks to help us understand how to get in touch with our feeling — whether that feeling be anger, sadness, elation, worry or another — and encourages us get the support we need. The platform is built through text message and can be accessed by texting THEFEELS to 30644, or visit http://www.TulalipSupport.com.

The City of Marysville also understands that in a healthy community, people have good physical and emotional health. This is more than just avoiding illness — it is about promoting well-being and providing a high quality of life for all residents.

In addition to building a quality parks and recreational program with classes, green space, family-friendly programs, safe streets and clean drinking water, the city kicks off the summer every June with the Healthy Communities Challenge Day. The event is produced with the help of many community partners and is scheduled for June 3, 2017.

The Marysville School District has been focused on providing resources around suicide and crisis prevention strategies with specialized training for staff, and mental and behavioral health supports for students across our District. In addition, the District continues to have several grant-funded mental health therapists spread across each secondary campus to provide targeted assistance around drug and alcohol resources and support.

Signs of Suicide (SOS), the only school-based suicide prevention program listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices that addresses suicide risk and depression while reducing suicide attempts, is now in all Marysville secondary schools. For local residents, the District also provides free Youth Mental Health First Aid training to help educate, inform, and de-stigmatize issues related to mental health disorders.

The work does not stop there. For parents in our community, the Marysville School District provides drug and alcohol awareness presentations each quarter, consults with Sound Mental Health to support our Special Education population, and has added mental health education to our high school curriculums.

The Tulalip Tribes, City of Marysville and Marysville School District work together to promote the health of our community through regular communication, ongoing programs, and classes and trainings. These community resources are helping meet the needs of all who call Marysville and Tulalip home.

Check out these community events:

n Harvest Fest and Color Run — Friday, Oct. 28, 2 – 8 p.m., Don Hatch Youth Center. Visit http://www.TulalipYouthServices.com for information.

n All City Food Drive — Saturday, Nov. 5. All Day. Various locations. Call 360-658-1054 for information.

n Social Media Support for Parents — Monday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Academy of Arts and Engineering. Visit http://www.msd25.org for information.

 

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