December 15, 2023
One Big Thing supports mental well-being in the 5HF region. This month, the One Big Thing Core Team met with representatives from ReThink Health to share successes and brainstorm opportunities for moving forward.
The three Action Teams are working to prevent social isolation, mental health crisis due to alcohol and other substances and improving access to local resources. All three Action Teams are invested in the promotion of onebigconnection.org as a one stop location for community members to find local resources to support their mental health and emotional well-being.
Action Team 1 – Social Isolation and Sense of Purpose
Action Team 1 distributed bookmarks to the libraries in the 5 Healthy Towns region to promote onebigconnection.org. Postcards, with information about onebigconnection.org, were also distributed to wellness centers, senior centers, churches, food pantries and some of the medical offices in the region. This team will be meeting with school staff members from the 5 districts who directly support the mental health of students on January 23 to help our team better understand the needs of the school-aged population and their families. This team also plans to try to meet with the directors of our senior centers to determine the best way to collaborate with them to decrease isolation and increase sense of purpose for the senior population.
Action Team 2 – Barriers to Access: Including Food, Housing and Transportation
Action Team 2 created a list of resources for seniors within the 5 Healthy Towns region to expand upon support currently listed on onebigconnection.org. The list is in the design stages and will be distributed in early 2024. This team has been brainstorming ways to connect community members with available resources, including working toward identifying and training gatekeepers.
Action Team 3 – Use of Alcohol and Other Substances
There are 13 businesses within the region who committed to participating in the Rock the Mock campaign so far. Action Team 3 is working on identifying locations to add at least one Narcan distribution box in Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, and Stockbridge. This team will be promoting Dry January by sharing information about the benefits of limiting alcohol and drinking more water. The Working Well initiative is also encouraging a water challenge for the employees of the businesses participating in Working Well. Several of the members of this action team have committed to Dry January and will be participating in a book club together.