January 2016 Newsletter
Happy New Year! Changes and Resolutions and Goals...Oh My!!
Change is not easy and striving to meet our goals is HARD! We are in the business of being agents of change and we see every day that the struggle is real. We need to expect it to be difficult and we need to expect that we will falter, knowing that we have a plan to brush ourselves off, look into the mirror and say, "I got this!" and get right back at it.
If you are setting goals for yourself in 2016 or are helping others set goals for the year, I wanted to share some tips on making New Year's Resolutions and Goals. There is a large variety of support and resources online for making goals and tracking progress and I highly encourage you to seek them out. There's always an "app for that", and you can find tracking tool apps that help you lose weight, quit smoking, become more organized, etc...And there are many articles devoted to helping you avoid making mistakes in goal setting. Setting realistic goals puts us in a better position to change behaviors and meet goals. Be sure to focus on the process you are going through rather than focusing solely on completing the goal! Share the tips below for setting realistic New Year's goals and resolutions.
- Decide what you really want! Ask yourself if the goal you are setting is something you really want or is it something that you feel obligated to do. We are more likely to meet goals that we are personally dedicated to and motivated for.
- Come up with a plan that will work for you! We have to sit down and create a strategy to achieve our goals! To create a strategy, we need to look at many factors: how much time do we have to devote to the goal? Can the goal be accomplished at home or do we need an additional place to go? Can we meet the goal on our own or do we need professional or personal supports? It is important to break the goal down into these types of questions to determine if it is a goal that you can realistically achieve in the coming year.
- Prepare yourself that it will take time to achieve the goal! Not only does your goal need to be realistic, but your expectations need to be realistic as well! If my goal is to get into better shape, I have to expect that the first few weeks of exercising are going to be BRUTAL! I need to prepare myself that if I attend an exercise class for the first time, I am going to be an uncoordinated, un-able to breathe ball of sweat! But I can keep in mind, that by following through with my plan, by the third or fourth week, I will know the moves, feel more coordinate, and have more energy to go to class. I will no longer be the "Beginner!"
- Plan your attack! As I mentioned above, we have a much better chance at success if we sit down and create a plan! Once you have a plan in place, take time to put the plan into motion. Having a visual, employing a tracking tool, and reaching out to others is a great way to take action. Did you decide in your plan that you needed to join a group to help you meet your goal? Take a class? Enlist a friend? This is where you sit down and coordinate the extra support or resources that your plan includes! Having these in place before you begin will help you through the hardest part...the first few weeks!
- Take it one step at a time! Know what goals can be completed in one simple step. For example: Donating clothes that you no longer wear can be done quickly, something that you can easily check off of your list. Other goals are going to take time, and you need to prepare yourself for that! Quitting smoking, eating healthier, exercising more, becoming more organized are all behavior changes that are going to take time! Allow yourself time for these changes to take place, and celebrate each small step you make towards your goal!
These are just a few tips for making New Year's goals and resolutions! As I mentioned, there are numerous resources and tools online that you can use to help reach the majority of your goals! If you have decided to set a goal for the coming year and would like to share what it is, please feel free to send me and email at email@example.com! I would love to hear about your journey throughout the year! Best of Luck to you all in 2016!
Congratulations to the winners of the Altoona Office Holiday Door Decorating Contest! Thanks to all who participated & voted! Christina Jenkins and Tammy Clevenstine
Peerstar creates and distributes 420 Warm Kits!
- Over-sized fleece blanket
- Winter hat
- Packet of Hot-Hands
Below are some photos of the warm kits being created and even some of them being distributed!
Warm Kit Creation!
Christine Butterbaugh, Lori Miller, and Michelle Seaman assist in assembling the warm kits!
Indiana County Community Action Program
Accepting Warm Kits for Indiana County are Chelsey Baroni and Brenda Yeager.
Community Action of Clearfield and Jefferson Counties
Crystal Walter of Community Action accepting Warm Kits from Region A!
Warm Kit Creation!
Indiana County Community Action Program
Holiday Brunches were held throughout the various Regions of Peerstar. We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Please see below for a few brunch pictures that were submitted:
- "I will treat myself with respect and speak nicely about myself"
- "I resolve to be mentally healthy"
- "I will be physically active on a daily basis."
- "I will act and not react."
- "I will learn to relax and enjoy."
- "I will not define myself by a label."
- "I will be mindful, I will stay in the moment."
- "I will work towards being the person I want to be."
- "I will not be hard on myself if I make resolutions and do not keep them."
I am sure you will all agree that these are simple goals that we help our peers work towards. I encourage you to remember that you also deserve to take the time to focus on yourself and your own wellness! Please feel free to share any mental health resolutions you are making by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is happening in Region A? By Michelle Seaman
Region A continues to grow as we welcomed more new staff to our region. In addition to all of the usual things that happen throughout the month- in December we had our Holiday brunches. I was so happy to be able to see and mingle with everyone in a relaxing way. Thank you to all that attended- it was great to see you :)
Peerstar also donated warm kits to agencies/police departments who work with the homeless population. I had the honor to deliver the warm kits throughout Region A to a variety of different agencies who were very excited to be able to share them with the individuals they assist.
There are many meetings that occur on a regular basis that everyone is welcome to attend and offer their idea's to improve services and recovery focused spirit for our communities. Here are a few:
Armstrong County- every 4th Thursday at 1:00 at Family Counseling Center
Indiana County- every 1st Thursday at 1:00 at the Indiana Boro Building
Clearfield/Jefferson Counties- every 3rd Tuesday- where it occurs does rotate
Suicide Prevention Meetings:
Armstrong County: Just starting up- I will include more details as they come up
Indiana County: every 1st Monday at 10 am at the Career Link Building
Clearfield/Jefferson- every 2nd Wednesday- January is at SAM's dubois
If you wish to assist in any of the Suicide Prevention Walks- please contact Michelle Seaman and she will provide you times when the walk committee's meet- this is a great volunteer experience and volunteers are greatly needed for the planning process and for the actual day's themselves :)
I wish you all a very Happy New Year!
HIPAA Humor courtesy of Milisa Kyler!
The Compliance Department
Electronic Medical Records: What's it all about?
- With Electronic Medical Records there is no need to wait for contact notes, print paperwork or fax/scan paperwork. Everything you need will conveniently be found in the software!
- You do not need internet service to use it! That's right, you will be able to access the software from the community and/or a peer's home even when they don't have internet capabilities.
- Fewer addendum/non-billable notes! That's right, many of the things that we ask you to document, will automatically be included in software!
- Paperwork that you are used to! With the Credible system that we are using, the online paperwork has the same information and set-up as the paperwork you are already using. It might look a little different on your screen, but it is the same information and structure!
- We'll train you no matter what level of computer knowledge you have. If you have little to no experience with an iPad, don't worry, we'll train you! You will have an opportunity to learn the basics of iPads before you begin learning the Credible Software!
As I mentioned, these are just a few of the exciting things that our switch to the Credible system of Electronic Medical Records will be. We will keep you updated and provide more information as we get closer to the switch!
Bedford County Peer to Peer Support Group
Monday, Jan. 18th, 4pm
145 South Juliana Street
Somerset County CSP Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 1pm
225 South Center Avenue
Somerset County Peer to Peer Support Group
Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 3pm
225 South Center Avenue
Franklin County: Free Meals the 4th Saturday of each month.
Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 5:30pm
125 Park Avenue
Future dates are:
For more information please call 263-2364
Intro to Working With Older Adults Training
Monday, Jan. 25th, 9am
2900 Plank Road
To Register for this event you can email Jessica Peacock directly or register using this link
Doors to Wellbeing monthly webinars
Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 2pm
This is an online event.
Webinars are held on the last Tuesday of the Month throughout the year. For more information or to register, please visit www.doorstowellbeing.org.
Central PA Chapter of the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Comedy Show Fundraiser
Saturday, Feb. 13th, 9pm
2280 Commercial Boulevard
State College, PA
Mental Health First Aid
Thursday, Jan. 28th, 10am to Friday, Jan. 29th, 3pm
Somerset MHMR Race Street, Somerset, PA
To Register, please visit this survey monkey link.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 9am to Thursday, March 24th, 4pm
4517 U.S. 220 Business
To register, please visit this survey monkey link.