DCAN Update | Dec. 16, 2020
TAKE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOU
Relax and get ahead over break!
2020 has been a tough year for all of us. DCAN's Executive Director, Ashley Johnson, Ph.D., shares some insights about this year, our work, and prioritizing your wellbeing.
We wish everyone a restful winter break to destress and happy holidays!
ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILIES, AND TO SHARE WITH YOUR STUDENTS
Mental Health Checklist
Check in with yourself daily, weekly, and monthly. Treat yourself with kindness!
Play Quarantine Bingo
Play quarantine bingo with your friends and family or try to get the whole board! Get creative and try something new like a recipe or hobby.
Create a 2021 Vision Board
Vision boards are great for setting goals and visualizing your dreams.
Here is an example of a vision board from our Executive Director, Ashley Johnson.
Start a Gratitude Journal
Journaling is a great way to help manage anxiety and reduce stress. Focus on the things that bring you joy and write it out. Here are some prompts you can try:
The best part about today was...
Someone whose company I enjoy is....
A valuable lesson I've learned is...
Get to know yourself and start journaling!
RELAX YOUR MIND
Yoga for Beginners
Exercise has many known benefits for improving your mood and decreasing stress. Practicing yoga is a great way to incorporate mindfulness with physical activity.
Meditation for Beginners
Meditating helps you focus, promotes self esteem, and connect with yourself! Set aside a few minutes a day and pick a quiet spot and begin your practice.
Join us for Mental Health Mondays
Check out our Mental Health Toolkit for more resources, activities, and tips!
Link to resources here
Please encourage your students to complete the FAFSA and apply for scholarships in their down time!
DCAN FAFSA Toolkit
Access DCAN's full suite of FAFSA tools, including checklists, parent information, student guides—and so much more!
Link to resources here
Need help paying for college? Apply for these scholarships over the break!
Download the full list here
CRISIS PREVENTION HOTLINES
If you or someone you know is struggling, please use and share
the following hotlines
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Domestic Violence Chat Line
Family Violence Prevention Center
The Trevor Project (24/7) - Support for LGBTQ+ young adult community
Wayne County Crisis Help Line
CONNECT: Detroit College Access Network
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