Rise Above It Hancock County

Rise Above It Hancock County is a local event hosted by Healthy365 to help bring mental health awareness to our county. 

Mental illness never announces its presence, and substance abuse rarely seeks out the spotlight. Instead, they thrive on silence and flourish in the dark.

We know adults and teens within our county face a variety mental health challenges, including depression and anxiety. Additionally, Indiana has rising rates of addiction, substance abuse and use of nicotine products.

Together, we can open up about mental health and substance abuse in Hancock County and make a difference. One of the ways we’re doing that is through Rise Above It.

WHAT IS RISE ABOVE IT?

Healthy365’s Rise Above It event offers space for adults and teens (over the age of 12) to talk about mental health and connect with potential sources of help.

During annual Rise Above It events speakers and mental health workshops are featured, vendor booths from area organizations that offer services related to mental health and wellness are available and break-out question-and-answer sessions are offered. The goal of the event is to help<span> our county open up about mental health,  learn to cope with life’s challenges and stress, and reach out when help is needed.

“There’s kind of a big stigma, and I know it’s not just at this school but at all schools, about the topic of mental health. It’s not something that people talk about, so events like Rise Above It can bring it to the surface, which is really good.” – Mia, a Mt. Vernon High School student.

Bring Change to Mind Clubs

Additionally, in an effort to further address and improve mental health, particularly in young people, Hancock County schools incorporated Bring Change to Mind Clubs. These are student-led clubs dedicated to mental health conversations.

The school-based clubs’ goals are to empower students to educate one another, and their communities, and to create a culture of peer support within their schools. Together, we can fight the stigma around mental illness. 

Through both Rise Above It and Bring Change to Mind, students and their families can also learn how to talk about mental health together in order to change perceptions and reduce stigma.

Mental health topics addressed through Rise Above It & Bring Change to Mind Include:

 

Topics Addressed

 Addiction – A discussion about addictive disorders from experimental use to full blown dependency. Why the drugs aren’t the issue and why treatment failures are common place. The how’s and why’s of treatment and mutual help groups.

Self-regulation – My Brain Does What? Understanding My Response to Stress: Everyday life can bring both incredible joy and significant challenges. In this session, you will learn about your upstairs brain and downstairs brain and how they function to support you in times of health and times of stress. You will leave with a better understanding of why we “flip our lid,” as well as ways to support your regulation needs and the regulation needs of others.

Anxiety – Ways to make it work for you and when to seek help. 

Mind-Body Medicine – Scientifically proven stress reduction methods through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. An intro to learn how to help yourself and those you care about through the integration of mind-body skills to help regulate emotions, improve focus and resilience.

Depression and Suicide – Depression looks differently across the lifespan and this session will focus on identifying variances in depression-related symptoms in children, adolescents, and adults. Suicide risks, warning signs and the impact of suicide and grief will be addressed as well as practical next steps for seeking professional assistance and treatment.

Grief and Loss – Right now, during this time of pandemic, we have all lost things that are important to us—our normal way of living, a feeling of security, and the normalcy of our lives the way we lived them pre-COVID-19. We miss our friends, we miss our plans, we miss the events and outings we so enjoyed with one another. In addition to these everyday losses, we may also have had heartbreaking losses like the death of a loved one, the loss of a home, or the disappearance of a fulfilling job or volunteer role. Collectively, we have a lot to grieve. Luckily, there is a way to understand why we grieve and discover simple things that can help us grieve in a health way. Join us for this workshop to learn some basics of self-care as we grieve. 

Social Media – Target: How Predators use technology to groom children- Technology changes all the time, and children are constantly finding the newest websites, apps and gadgets. It’s vital they learn the rules of Internet safety so they can use technology responsibly. The information provided will assist parents, community leaders, educators and youth group leaders in understanding the online challenges children face, and suggest some tips for both children and adults to navigate the online world.  This personal safety information focuses on information gathered from the Indiana State Police (ISP) and Indiana Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC) Task Force.

Vaping and Smoking – Please join the Hancock County Tobacco Free Coalition for a powerful community conversation about the youth vaping epidemic affecting our youth in Hancock County and beyond. E-cigarettes and vaping products are the number one drug of choice among youth across our country today. Our goal is to educate and empower our youth, parents, and community about this issue and to work together to raise awareness and provide resources to help.

If you are interested in attending a FREE Rise Above It event, please contact Healthy365 at (317) 468-4231 or register below.