Adults who are emotionally intelligent are self-aware, emotionally literate, practice emotional self-regulation, and model prosocial behaviors. When adults possess these skills, they are able to effectively collaborate with colleagues. Adults need to feel empowered, supported, and valued. Adults who work with children need to be able to model these skills, so it's important that adults practice and develop these skills.
SEL for adults must include opportunities for learning, practice, collaboration, and modeling strategies. Resources for activities and more information include:
SEL for Adults: Self-Awareness and Self-Management
A Comprehensive Guide to Adult SEL
CASEL: Strengthen Adult Social, Emotional, and Cultural Competence
Why Continued Adult SEL is Needed
CASEL: Strengthen Adult SEL
10 Activities for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Your Learners and You
SEL Activities for Employee Performance Management
National Make A Difference Day is celebrated every fourth Saturday of October as a day to volunteer or participate in community service. To participate in Make A Difference Day consider:
Volunteering and involvement in community service are considered to boost mental health and give a sense of purpose. Benefits of volunteering include life satisfaction, the “Helper’s high,” and enjoyable aging. There are a few reasons why volunteering is beneficial to your mental health, these include but are not limited to --
Volunteer with us!
Social Emotional Learning: How Students Grow and Develop Through Service
Local Opportunities to Volunteer
Volunteer Projects Help Teens Build Important SEL Skills
Harnessing Service Learning to Build Social, Emotional, and Academic Skills
United Way Volunteer Opportunities in Birmingham
National Stop Bullying Day is observed on the second Wednesday of October as a day dedicated to learning about bullying and prevention strategies. Bullying at school affects students’ health, well-being, and academic performance. Students who bully others are more likely to demonstrate aggressive, violent, or criminal behaviors and abuse drugs and alcohol. Students who are victims of bullying tend to experience depression, loneliness, and anxiety -- may potentially last into adulthood. Students who witness bullying are prone to suffer higher rates of drug and alcohol use, mental health problems, and school absences.
Creating a safe and supportive school climate can aid in bullying prevention. By utilizing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), efforts are made to positively transform a school’s climate and culture by teaching necessary social skills and emotional skills. There are five competencies of social and emotional learning -- self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. SEL has the potential to decrease aggressive and controlling behaviors in students who bully while increasing their ability to be respectful and kind. SEL can improve confidence and self-worth along with reducing social withdrawal among students who are victims of bullying.
Social and emotional learning is known to reduce bullying by creating strong teacher-student relationships, positive peer-to-peer relationships, safe space for students, understanding of empathy, and teaching student bystanders how to help.
Resources to learn more about how SEL can aid in bullying prevention:
Prevention: Learn How to Identify Bullying & Stand Up To It Safely
Social-Emotional Learning Helps Prevent Bullying
Build a Safe Environment
Social-Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention
Schoolwide SEL to Prevent Bullying
5 SEL Activities to Reduce Bullying in Your School
23 Must Read Anti-Bullying Books for Kids
World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 as an international day to raise awareness of mental health issues globally and organize efforts in support of mental health. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2021 is “mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.”
World Health Organization (WHO) explains in detail the effects of mental health internationally. WHO is working to improve the mental health of individuals and society through the promotion of mental health, the prevention of mental disorders, the protection of human rights, and the care of people affected by mental disorders. There are 10 facts noted by WHO that demonstrates the impact of mental health globally.
At ACE, we are dedicated to Social Emotional Learning which has been proven to decrease the number and lessen the severity of mental health disorders. When you know how to identify emotions, manage emotions, and communicate about your mental health, you're more likely to reach out for help. Our work is deeply rooted in mental health, so we want to make sure that everyone has the skills they need to be able to cope and handle life's stressors.
Mental Health Resources:
CDC: People Seeking Help
National Institute of Mental Health: Help for Mental Illnesses
6 Facts Parents Should Know about Mental Illness in Teens
31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health
Self-Care: 12 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself
Teachers: Protecting Your Mental Health
12 Resources to Help You Address Mental Health in Schools
The Trevor Project: For Young LGBTQ Lives
Birmingham Local Mental Health Resources
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