July, 2019
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from Chester County Department of MH/IDD
Are You Taking A Vacation?

More than half of American workers forfeited millions of paid days off in 2017, according to the United States Travel Association. But it seems the the trend may be turning.

For decades, studies have shown specific benefits of taking time off of work to relax and recharge. Vacation time is beneficial for our cardiovascular health, sleep, and overall well-being. It reduces stress, improves productivity, and enhances personal relationships. Even a single, short vacation can have large, positive and immediate effects.

Today many businesses encourage work-life balance, and it may be one reason why American workers reported increases in the number of vacation days they have used over the past 3 years. The average is 17.2 days. To help reluctant workers take the plunge, the Travel Association's Project Time Off published a nine-page guide, The Power of Vacation Planning last year.
Yoga is for Everyone
Second in a series on Holistic Health

Susan Sluk, who owns and operates Eat. Drink. Om... Yoga Cafe on Gay Street in West Chester, believes in yoga for all ages and abilities. Having taught various types of yoga for the past 14 years, Sluk, pictured to the right, has instructed yoga classes for mothers and infants, veterans, people who use wheelchairs or have other disabilities, and people in recovery, among others.

Yoga, Sluk says, is defined by the person practicing it. "It's not just here on the mat. It's past the poses," she said. "I built my studio around meeting the needs of people who were being missed." She illustrates the point when she explains how she found a special yoga mat for a blind client, or talks about a client who has autism. "The program is customized for the individual," Sluk said. Click for full article .
Bright Futures Classes to Return!
Individuals in recovery who would like to learn basic computer skills and enhance their job search and interviewing techniques may apply to the free eight-week program, Bright Futures. The classes are planned for September at the Delaware County Community College Exton Campus.

If you would like more information, contact Julie Gentile, Chester County's Recovery Systems Coordinato r at 610-344-4703.
Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force Meeting Planned

Chester County's Suicide Prevention Task Force quarterly meetings are open to the community and any interested stakeholders. The next quarterly meeting is:

Wednesday, August 14 at 3PM
Sykes Student Union Theater, West Chester University

This meeting will feature a screening of the award-winning documentary, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and Science of Hope
with discussion immediately following the film.

The Brightening Center on Swedesford Road in Exton is offering Recovery Management Groups for young adults and adults. 
An intensive group will be held weekly on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s from 12:30-2:30pm and
a weekly group on Tuesday’s from 5:30-7:30pm. 

These groups are designed to support individuals with Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders to build strengths and skills needed to navigate the rocky road of recovery. To join or to learn more about the groups, contact Kate Parsons PCC, CRS at 484-341-8334.

If you are interested in County of Chester Job Opportunities, please check our our current openings at the link below:

More Resources, Events & Classes

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Chester County's Department of Human Services is once again offering free training in topics ranging from trauma and motivational interviewing, to ethics and recovery. To receive information about upcoming classes, individuals must sign up for announcements. Information at the website.

The Center For Families in Malvern has support groups, clinical therapy, and educational workshops.

Pop Up Farmer's Market days for Chester County Head Start and Early Head Start families to access  free  fresh veggies and fruit, as well as other demonstrations and information.

Find out about the Community Warehouse Project , helping families in need of furniture.

Mental Health First Aid classes are offered throughout Chester County.

Trauma Informed Education from West Chester University's School of Social Work August 5-9.

Chester County's Meetings and support groups . Please contact us if you have changes or additions.

Charting a Lifecourse - What's your vision of a good life? Learn about the Lifecourse tools, offered at no cost.

Chester County Refer web - a user-friendly database for social services.
Chester County Department of Mental Health / Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA

Chester County Commissioners
Administrator: Linda Cox
Deputy Administrator: Candy Craig