Check out this awesome heart-making project developed by Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center’s art therapy expert and mental health counselor Tyler McLain.
Just follow the directions to weave a heart out of either paper or cedar strips.
Tio print the directions, download the project here.
In this how-to video, Tom Axtelle, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center, provides a practical method to help manage and reduce anxiety.
Called the Emotional Freedom Technique, this series of tapping motions may seem a little strange at first, but has been shown to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression.
Give it a try!
Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month?
Many people struggle with depression, anxiety, pain, addiction, grief and loss, and other challenges and disorders that significantly impact our lives. Especially during these times of unprecedented events and social distancing, it is important to know that you are not alone.
If you, or someone you know, are struggling, the Suquamish Wellness Center is here for support.
Currently, Wellness is hosting a weekly online community support group on Zoom for anyone who would like to participate. You do not need to be a client of the Wellness Center. This is a drop-in group; regular attendance is not required.
Community Support Group
Tuesdays 12:00 noon
Meeting ID: 290 555 845
The Wellness Center also offers many services, including:
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Process addictions (such as gambling, sex, or internet addiction)
Mental Health (MH)
Domestic Violence (DV) Victim Advocacy
Please call the Wellness front desk with questions, or to request services: (360) 394-8558
Current clients can contact their treatment providers directly, using the staff directory posted here.
For emergencies, contact:
Crisis Hotline: 1-888-910-0416
Online chat: www.imhurting.org
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
During all the changes, closures, and social isolation due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is important to maintain balance and a healthy lifestyle. Stop a moment and take inventory of all the areas of your life. You may find a need to plan and act with increased intention and awareness during this time, to promote and maintain physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.
Here are 8 tips:
It is easy to become overwhelmed, anxious, or scared when faced with extreme situations and obstacles. Focus on what you can control. Focus on what will produce feelings of joy, pride, and comfort. Stay informed, but limit your exposure to social media and the news. Focus on today, and find ways to feel productive.
Be supportive, forgiving, and kind to others, including when you are online. Offer thanks to important people in your life. Also – be gentle to yourself. Acknowledge your strengths. Smile.
In the face of adversity and challenge, adapt. Change your plans and expectations. Look for and discover new ways of doing and being. Explore and be creative. Try something new. Start that project you’ve been thinking about for months.
If you are feeling overwhelmed because each day feels chaotic, develop a schedule. Budget your time. Set limits, expectations and boundaries for yourself and for your family. This could include things like reducing screen time, increasing sleep or exercise, or scheduling quality time to do an activity with your family or friends (in person… or online!)
Don’t allow yourself to hyper-focus on the negative; think and speak in a positive way. Model this for others who are struggling. Don’t criticize others, and don’t criticize yourself.
Don’t neglect the basics: Get plenty of sleep. Exercise regularly. Eat healthy. Drink water. Reduce or eliminate alcohol and drugs (now is a great time to quit smoking!). Pray, meditate, or journal daily. You will be better prepared and equipped to help others if you are taking care of yourself.
Reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in a few days. Send an email, a text, or a Snap. Give a family member a call. Be aware of other people’s needs. Don’t hoard! – take what you need. Give.
Look for the bright part of each day and give thanks. Don’t dwell on thoughts such as “I wish this was over!” Focus on what you have today, and what you can do with your time and energy. Find ways to calm down if you find your stress levels too high. Share these ideas with others. It may sound wild to say, but: enjoy this journey.
Jonathan Glover, LICSW, is the mental health supervisor at the Suquamish Wellness Center. If you have questions, or to request services, please call the main phone number: (360) 394-8601.
The staff at the Suquamish Wellness Center are now offering a variety of online support groups.
Here’s what’s available:
Community Support Group
Because of these unprecedented times, we recognize there are a number of additional stressors, changes, and hardships affecting our community. We will be offering a support group using Zoom, open to any community member who would like to attend. You do not need to be a client of Wellness to participate. Come stop in to share support and inspiration – or just to socialize! If you have questions about the group, or how to use Zoom, contact Brian Burwell. This group will be co-facilitated by Brian Burwell and Sara Olsen. Please feel free to drop in!
Time: Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:00
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 290 555 845
Dial in: +1 253 215 8782 US
Mary Russell, LMHC, will be offering a virtual parenting group based on the No Drama Discipline Work Book. The group will explore parenting through the lens of brain development with a specific focus on what it means to parent during the pandemic. Email Mary directly if you are interested in the group. Tell her a little about your child or children, and indicate if you would prefer a daytime or evening group. (11:00am Thursday or 6:00pm Thursday). Once you are signed up, Mary will coordinate with you to deliver a workbook to your home.
Healthy Relationships: Leading the Next Generations
Suquamish Wellness Center is offering this group using curriculum developed by the Native Wellness Institute to provide “culturally relevant resources to support tribes and tribal families in building healthier couple relationships.” The curriculum has been edited to allow its application in a telehealth format. The group will be facilitated by Suquamish Wellness Center counselors, Tom Axtelle and Tyler McClain using Zoom (accessible by smart phone and computer). This group is open to Suquamish Tribal Members and other Native adults in the community.
When: Mondays 2:00 – 3:30
Email Tom to sign up!
From Suquamish Tribe Executive Director Shyla Spicer:
I wanted share an update on test results regarding our Wellness Center staff member. Testing confirms the staff member DOES NOT have COVID-19.
We continue to respond to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19. We remain committed to providing updated information as it becomes available.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to deal with this global health crisis and work to protect the health and safety of our staff and community.