The August Hot Button: Back To School, Mental Health And The Delta Variant

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Welcome to our third edition of the Hot Button.

Hi there- I’m Tiffany DePass, Chief of Staff here at POM. Thank you for hanging in here with us for this latest edition. Our mission at POM is working to empower a better world for all through personal safety, community and education. We are thankful to have you as a part of our POM Community.

So, what’s on my mind this month? Self-care. There’s no perfect formula to self-care. There isn’t only one right way to do it. Self-care is a practice. A daily practice. A daily learning of listening to the needs of our bodies and minds, and feeding those things. When I allow myself to get to the point of feeling stressed and overwhelmed, it’s because I have done too much and not enough. Too much thinking. Too much talking. Not enough breathing. Taking a moment to process, feel and breathe is key to self-care.

I hope you take time to prioritize your well-being. May you find self-care routines that are right for you.


The Delta Variant

The Delta Variant is at the top of our minds as cases continue to rise in the United States and states are grappling with policies that may help reduce the spread. The recent surge has pushed a renewed vaccination effort across the nation.

Why We’re Taking Note

School districts are welcoming students back to the classrooms amid an increase in delta variant cases. This is causing districts to develop and implement more safety precautions as they reopen.

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The Rise in Home care Demand

Home care is a rapidly growing industry that the BLS estimates to grow approximately 34% by 2029. The pandemic has only added to the importance of providing seniors with the option of home care.

Why We’re Taking Note

While there’s a rapid increase in demand for home care, finding a home care professional has become more difficult. The pandemic has only compounded the supply shortage leaving many older adults frustrated and without the care they want.

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Mental Health

Naomi Osaka Withdraws from 2021 Wimbledon”, this headline made the sports world and beyond stop and take notice. Naomi Osaka set the tone and has created space to allow athletes to choose themselves and prioritize their peace of mind.

“I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being. We have to protect our body and our mind. That’s why I decided to take a step back.” -Simone Biles

Why We’re Taking Note

Simone withdrew from competing in multiple events during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to focus on her mental health. Your overall well-being is the priority. Take care of yourself. You deserve to take a step back if needed. Your mental health and safety matter.
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Featured Organization: Rachael’s First Week

Rachael’s First Week is an organization dedicated to protecting the lives of high school seniors and college freshmen as they transition into young adult women and men. These can be tumultuous years when peers often look to each other for guidance as they encounter novel and potentially dangerous situations, rather than engaging experienced mentors to provide solutions. The mission of Rachael’s First Week is to develop the decision-making skills of teens as they enter this time of monumental change in their lives. Rachael’s First Week resources and educational programs, including the RFW Live Program and SafeTEA Podcast, were developed through the vision of Angi Fiege, MD, an Indiana University Health Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Trauma, ICU, physician, following the death of her daughter, Rachael Fiege, an incoming freshman at Indiana University.

That wraps us up for this week. Thank you for reading, please share with us any feedback or suggestions. -pom team