So many things influence our mental well-being, including isolation, the threat of a pandemic, and the experiences of inequity and racism. How do these experiences affect individuals? How does self-care fit into these global experiences? Join us to examine different ways to think about mental wellbeing and explore self-care struggles and successes.
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Cari Michaels, MPH, is an Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium. In this role, she works in partnership with leaders across campus and community organizations to promote mental well-being. She is creator and editor of the Children’s Mental Health eReview, an online publication featuring current research and its implications for practice within varied settings. Cari works collaboratively to create educational tools, promote interdisciplinary collaboration and promote campus-community engagement.
Chelsea Williams is a Health and Nutrition Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota Extension. Chelsea supports Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), particularly in the new focus area of mental flourishing. Within her role, Chelsea works to incorporate mental well-being activities into nutrition education and to support the well-being of her team as well as SNAP-Ed eligible communities. Chelsea also works with local cultural healers and other public health professionals to engage the community in dialogue around the relationships between culture, nutrition, healing, and well-being.