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Region 4

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West Virginia Region 4 includes Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Upshur counties.

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January - National Human Trafficking Prevention Month 
Posted by Region4Tomorrow on January 10th 2018, 3:30 pm

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According to a 2015 Congressional Research Service report, the exact number of child victims of sex trafficking in the United States is unknown because of the differences in definitions and methodologies. The report provided one snapshot of the child victim population (while emphasizing that it was incomplete), based on the Department of Justice-funded Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS). The HTRS includes data from investigations opened by federally funded human trafficking task forces and do not represent all incidences of human trafficking nationwide. The report stated that “Between January 1, 2008 and June 30, 2010, the task forces opened 2,515 investigations of human trafficking; 82% of these were classified as sex trafficking. Of these sex trafficking cases, 83% involved U.S. citizen victims and 40% involved prostitution or sexual exploitation of a child.”1
 
1. Finklea, Kristin M., Fernandes-Alcantara, Adrienne L., and
Siskin, Alison. (2015). Sex Trafficking of Children in the United
States: Overview and Issues for Congress. Congressional Research
Report R41878
 
 
Below are more resources for January Awareness topics:

 

Recognize MLK Day with A Mental Health Screening 
Posted by Region4Tomorrow on January 8th 2018, 10:17 am

Each January, we recognize and consider the works civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. His name has become synonymous with quietly standing up for one’s beliefs and forging change. What many people don't realize is that MLK fought his own demons – namely depression.  

People who worked with Dr. King have told the stories of his depression. His demeanor went from ebullient to morose; he was constantly exhausted, and often worried that the civil rights movement would fail. Some historians point to the intense stress he was under as the reason for his depression.

However, mental health experts suggest that stress later in life does not explain the suicide attempts he made as a youth, or the periods of hospitalizations he had for being "exhausted."  Historians now surmise that he struggled, undiagnosed, with depression for many years. The very fact that many people are not aware of Dr. King's history point to the stigma associated with depression.   

We've come a long way since then towards reducing the shame surrounding depression, but must continue to work towards making talk about mental health as straightforward and open as is talk about physical health. With that in mind, click here for resources you can share with family and friends, including a mental health screening. 

 

A New Year’s Resolution with Extra Benefits "Help Yourself by Helping Others"
Posted by Region4Tomorrow on January 1st 2018, 2:43 pm

January is time for a fresh start. It is a new year and you're probably loaded with resolve to do as well as possible in 2018. Did you know that one of the best things you can do for yourself is to help others? Finding a cause and community really does bring its own benefits, including: Decreasing symptoms of depression.

Some 40 studies show that volunteering can decrease depression symptoms, and one survey of more than 3,000 volunteers showed that 94% of them reported an improved mood. Making social connections improves physical health and psychological well-being. Social connection strengthens our immune systems, helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen life. Conversely, studies have shown that a lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. But where to start?

You can begin by recognizing that you don't need a particular skill set to become a volunteer. Rather, think about what causes you care most about and who you would feel most happy to support. Look online for organizations that are local to your area and then pick up the phone can call, or send an email to inquire about volunteer opportunities. Many nonprofit organizations need various types of help. Still stumped? Look online at organizations such as volunteermatch.org that are specifically designed to help connect volunteers to organizations that need support. If you think your mental health needs more than the benefits of volunteering, check it here.