National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (Oct 29, 2011)

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  On Saturday, October 29th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, DEA and its partners will hold another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

More information and collection sites can be found at National Take Back Initiative.

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Burnout

Most jobs come with their fair share of stress. The non-profit world is no different. It’s easy to find yourself in a place where stress has boiled itself over into burnout. Here are some signs, symptoms and tips for recognizing burnout and getting rid of it.

Dictionary.com defines burnout as “fatigue and frustration from too much work and stress.” HelpGuide.org takes it a bit further by calling it “a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.” These definitions make a distinction between stress and burnout in that stress can cause burnout, but it is not burnout itself.

Burnout is a feeling of overwhelming that reduces a person’s productivity. It takes energy away and makes a person feel helpless, hopeless, cynical and resentful. Here are some signs that you may be heading to a burnout:

  • Every day is a bad day.
  • Your responsibilities at work and home seem to be a waste of energy to care about.
  • You’re exhausted all the time.
  • Most of your daily tasks seem overwhelming or mind-numbing.
  • You feel completely unappreciated.

Nathan Hand of School on Wheels in Indianapolis recommends scheduling time to do everything and a time to do nothing. The “doing nothing” should include unplugging and shutting down from technology. Schedule time with your family. Schedule time to reflect on what happened that week and on any future goals. He says, “We need to refresh, we need to rejuvenate, because we’ll be so much better after.”

In non-profits, a lot of emotion is poured into lives and causes and this can become draining if a person doesn’t have an inlet for refreshing. Here are some tips for preventing burnout:

  • Start the day with a relaxing ritual, about 15 minutes of something calming, ie., gentle stretches, meditating, reading something that inspires you, writing in a journal, etc.
  • Start living healthy – eat healthy, exercise more and get more sleep. A healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to keep your body energized and equipped to handle daily stress.
  • Set boundaries. The hardest word to say sometimes is “no,” but it is essential to free you to say “yes” to other things.
  • Take a daily break from technology. It doesn’t have to be a long time, but make sure you set a time each day to disconnect from your computer, phone, email, etc.
  • Be creative. Creativity can really ward off burnout. Whether you pick up an old hobby or try something new, add something new and interesting into your life, completely unrelated to work.

Here’s the full HelpGuide.org article on Burnout.

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (April 30, 2011)

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, DEA and its partners will hold their second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

More information and collection sites can be found at National Take Back Initiative.

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Free SAMHSA Homelessness Resource Center Webcast

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering a FREE webcast on Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 from 1 – 2:30pm (ET) called “Promoting a Healthy Work Environment in Homeless Services: What Works.”

Here’s the description from the website:

People working in homeless services, regardless of their position, face challenging working conditions and are at risk of burnout. How can agencies best support staff and promote a positive work environment? Sign up for a free SAMHSA HRC webcast to learn more. Presenters Ken Kraybill, B.J. Iacino, Ayala Livny, and Tye Deines will share lessons learned and offer strategies for promoting a healthy workplace. The presenters will describe the characteristics of a trauma-informed healthy work environment and will address topics ranging from: identifying organizational core values, developing a “learning environment,” ensuring effective supervision, integrating consumers, practicing inclusive decision-making and promoting self-care.

Those who should attend this webcast are direct service providers, outreach workers, case managers, peer support specialists, project directors, supervisors and team leaders.

Presenters:

Ken Kraybill is Director of Training at the Center for Social Innovation.
B.J. Iacino is the Director of Education and Advocacy at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
Ayala Livny is the Program Manager for Youth on Fire, a drop-in center for homeless youth ages 14-24 in Cambridge, MA and a program of AIDS Action Committee.
Tye Deines is the Director of Human Resources at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

You can get more information and register for this webcast by going to the SAMHSA webpage.

December Observances – from HHS

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The US Department of Health & Human Services posted on their site a couple of observances for the month of December. .

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December 5th – 11th is National Handwashing Awareness Week.  Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps to staying healthy, especially during the cold and flu season.  Here are some great tips to keep in mind when hand-washing:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Have trouble telling how long to scrub?  Try humming the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice.
  • Rinse hands completely.
  • Try using your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before and after preparing food
  • Before and after eating food
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

For more tips visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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December is also Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Learn how to keep your family safe when giving and receiving gifts and toys.  You can find information on recalls and product safety by visiting US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Medication Disposal Day in Hamilton, OH (Sept 18, 2010)

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Butler County is holding a Medication Disposal Day on Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 10am – 2pm.  Medications thrown out or left in your medicine chest can fall into the wrong hands, and can be abused, sold or traded.  96% of unintentional poisoning deaths in Ohio are due to drugs and medications.  Pharmaceutical contamination of water can have a negative impact on the ecosystem. 

What:  Drop off unused and/or expired prescription and over-the-counter medication (preferably in the original containers).  No questions asked.  Law Enforcement officers will collect then dispose of medications and containers in a safe environmentally-friendly manner, according to local EPA guidelines.

 Where:  Hamilton Police Department.  331 S. Front Street.  Hamilton, OH 45011

Middletown
Holy Trinity Center
201 Clark Street

West Chester
West Chester Medical Center
770 University Dr.

Fairfield Township
Fairfield Township Police Dept.
6485 Vonnie Vale Court 

Liberty Township
Park & Ride Shelter
Cincinnati-Dayton/Yankee Rds. 

Monroe
Kroger
3033 Heritage Green Drive

View/Print Medication Disposal Day Hamilton 2010 Flyer

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