Burnout. Stress. Low Motivation. All symptoms public health professionals and community members have endured since the long-lasting coronavirus pandemic began. As a response to our community’s needs, HIPHI in partnership with Get Fit Kauaʻi, the Maui, Molokai, Lānaʻi Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Coalition, and Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi hosted a four-part training series on the topics of suicide prevention, youth-related mental health issues, and coping strategies to enhance a daily positive mindset.
The first session titled “Live Your Life Well” equipped participants with 10 proven tools to help better cope with stress and improve relationships. “A Practice in Coping Skills” had attendees take a deeper dive into anxiety and stress management. Participants walked away with skills and tools to improve their understanding of self-care and caring for others. The third session “Supporting Youth Mental Health” reviewed the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in children and adolescents along with identifying warning signs for students at-risk. “Suicide Prevention 101” wrapped up the training series with a small-group discussion related to safe messaging and proper support for someone who may be suicidal. Sessions saw over 160 participants eligible to earn continuing education credits in the following topics: social work, substance abuse counseling, registered dietetics, and community health specialists. A special mahalo to Hawaiʻi State Center for Nursing for sponsoring nursing credits in this series.