Substance use disorder is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease — and it’s especially concerning when it affects young people. Talking to the youth in your life about substance use and recognizing warning signs can make a significant difference. To learn how, register for this free webinar, How to Combat Pediatric and Adolescent Substance Use, to be held on May 10, 12-1 p.m. CDT.
Vanderbilt Health experts will share insights on:
- How to speak to a child or teen about substance use
- What to look for in identifying substance use and abuse
- Treatment/support options
- How to access that support when needed
While COVID-19 is no longer making headlines, its danger hasn’t passed. Thousands of Americans still contract it daily.
What should you do if you are diagnosed with COVID?
Fortunately, most people who get COVID have mild illness and can recover at home, using over-the-counter medicines, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to relieve symptoms.
However, if you’re considered high risk for serious illness, you should seek treatment as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms. You might be high risk if you:
- Are unvaccinated
- Are older
- Live with a chronic condition (like diabetes, heart disease or obesity)
If you have questions about treatment options, contact your doctor. Or make an appointment with the MNPS Health Care Centers by calling 615-259-8755.
Over-the-counter COVID-19 tests are no longer covered.
When you think about your well-being, do you include financial wellness?
Feeling confident about your current and future financial situation can reduce stress and contribute to your overall well-being. Whether you want to save for college, plan for retirement or simply make sure you can pay your bills, a financial check-up can help you put a plan in place.
Your GuidanceResources® Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides resources to help you get started (click to learn more):
Learn more about your EAP, provided through ComPsych, at 1-888-297-9028 (TTY: 1-800-697-0353) or guidanceresources.com (username: MNPS; password: EAP).
A new 90-Day Men’s Health Challenge begins June 12.
Get on the waitlist to receive early enrollment notification.
As the school year ends, follow Drea Guyton’s advice and say yes to focusing on your mental health.
Synchronous Health’s online counseling program is “easy to use, doesn’t take a lot of time and, as my needs change, I can get professional help to manage those changes,” says Drea.
Synchronous Health counselors are available:
- To meet with you virtually from the comfort of your home … or wherever you may be
- At times that work for you
- To offer support for stress, anxiety, fatigue, depression, boundaries, relationships, transitions, time management, trauma, grief/loss and more
A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class is coming this summer.
Miss our Women’s Health Series webinars? They’re available!
If you missed our recent Women’s Series webinars, don’t worry — you can still access that useful information. View recordings of these webinars:
- Beyond Birth Part 1 — Preparing for Delivery
Learn what you can do during your pregnancy to prepare your body for labor and delivery and reduce the risks of post-delivery complications.
- Beyond Birth Part 2 — Path to Recovery
Whether you had your baby six weeks or 16 years ago, this session will help you get back to good postpartum health.
- Pelvic health: Navigating the change
Learn how to navigate the changes to your body that many women experience and enhance your quality of life.
The Women's Health Series is presented by:
If you’re like many people, you get tired enough to take an occasional afternoon nap. But sleep deprivation goes deeper than just feeling weary. It can actually cause damage to your DNA, which can lead to chronic disease progression. It can also affect your mood and your ability to think, reason and remember.
Celebrate Better Sleep Month in May by getting help from onsite health coach B.J. Reeves. To get started:
Send B.J. an email or text 629-264-8052. She’ll send you a short, recorded webinar on sleep and a quiz. Complete both items and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a sleep sound machine.
- Come by the Employee Wellness Center on May 20 from 8-10 a.m. or May 24 from 4-6 p.m. to pick up a free better-sleep kit, with an eye mask, ear plugs and a log to help you track your sleep.
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