PLEASE NOTE UPCOMING MEETING DATE CHANGES: September/October Coalition meetings will be held 9/20 and 10/25 respectively. You can register for coalition meetings here to get a reminder the day before the event. Meetings are open to all; in-person, online, and now as recordings!
9/10 - 16 is National Suicide Prevention Week. WHEN will be sharing the Talk Away the Dark campaign on our social platforms to shed light on this leading cause of death. We can all make a difference by learning the warning signs, knowing the risk factors, and bravely having a REAL open and honest conversation with someone we care about.
Oct 23-31, Red Ribbon Week: Use WHEN’s 100% FREE Red Ribbon Week Tool Kit to plan easy and fun activities perfect for schools, camps, scouts, youth groups and more, broken out by age group.
Oct 28 is the Fall DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Start gathering up your unused and unwanted medications and stay tuned for event details!
Happy September birthdays to WHEN members:
Ozlem K, Christine C, Lexi P, Amie K, Dustin B, Chelsea K, and Lynn P!
You may have already heard that the Village of Webster is considering allowing a marijuana dispensary to open at the former Taylor Rental location on North Ave, reversing their previous decision to opt-out of local marijuana sales and consumption lounges. WHEN attended a Village Board workshop on 8/29 to share our concerns and oppose this action, as well as sharing our petition that had already collected over 100 names. We were very pleased to have Lexi Popovici, Director of the Smoking & Health Action Coalition of the American Lung Association, and Katie DeSalvo, Program Director for Prevention Services at Delphi Rise also speak in opposition of the dispensary.
There will be an additional opportunity for us to address the Village Board very soon, so if you are a Webster resident over 18 and have not already done so, please sign our petition to OPPOSE marijuana dispensaries and consumption lounges in the village of Webster. If you would like to better understand our concern about the impact dispensaries can have on the localities that host them, check out: SAM Impact Report: Lessons Learned from State Marijuana Legalization.
Did you know there are publicly available NaloxBox locations in Webster? This makes life-saving Narcan/naloxone available to residents. Check out the locations on this map from Monroe County. WHEN will be advocating for additional locations to be added, as there are fewer locations in our town than in several surrounding areas, per the map. We've also added a new page on our site to help residents find the resources they need. Find the new webpage nested under the Get Help tab.
Can’t make it to our monthly coalition meetings, but want to keep up with our work? Recorded meetings are now available on our website! Hover over the Events tab, and click on Recorded Events. There you'll find the August Meeting (with part 3/3 of sustainability training presented by WHEN member, MSgt Joseph Seaver, Counter Drug Task Force, U.S. Air Force.
September is National Recovery Month, and we’d like to give a shout out to ROCovery Fitness for the great work they are doing in our community, and to all those living in recovery – you are inspiring, and and make our community stronger.
We hope to work with local pizza shops to share protective factors more broadly with our community. Please take a moment to vote for your favorite of these proposed stickers to help us refine the campaign.
WHEN was thrilled to participate in Webster HOPE's back to school event! We were able to share protective factor "Seeds of Change" activities with kids and gave out reusable WHEN bags and flyers with information about local resources to families. Many thanks to HOPE for including us in your event!
PSA: URMC is offering Nicotine Dependence Treatment for all ages. In-person appointments, telehealth, and free Commit to Quit group sessions are all available. This is an amazing resource for our community and has the potential to help so many struggling with nicotine addiction. It's particularly beneficial to our youth population who have seen an increase in nicotine dependence, but have had few resources to help them quit.
Protective Factors: Opportunities for prosocial Involvement in the community and in school, recognition of prosocial involvement, social skills, emotional control
By WHEN member, Judi Swanson, LCSW~R
Megan Hine said, “In your most difficult moments, we are given an opportunity to repent and determine who we are or want to be. You alone shape your life.” This quote describes resiliency which is defined by Oxford Languages as “the capacity to withstand or recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” Life is filled with stress with unexpected twists and turns. Resiliency is the superpower which helps us to cope, recover, heal, and move forward in our lives.
“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell and got back up again.” - Nelson Mandela
An American Psychological Association (APA) article states, “Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors.” We are not born with resiliency. It is a skillset we build as we develop as human beings. Just like any other learned skill, building resilience requires intention, practice, adjustment, and application. Spending time developing resiliency makes us healthier and happier people who are better equipped to handle stressors life throws our way.
“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.” - Steve Maraboli
Actions like taking care of your mental and physical health, participating in community activities including volunteering and helping others, building self-confidence, and developing healthy family and social relationships help foster resiliency. Additional actions to promote resiliency from the APA article include things like “being proactive, maintaining a hopeful outlook, and seeking help if needed.” By actively working on your resiliency as an individual, you also strengthen your community. WHEN continues its work to provide activities that strengthen Webster’s young people, families, and all members of this great community by embedding resilience building in everything we do.
We would like to shine a light on WHEN member, Jen Calus, for connecting us with Webster HOPE. Her service to our community is inspiring and we appreciate the time and talent she shares with both WHEN and Webster HOPE. Her ability to bridge the two organizations together to collectively help others will expand the good we can all do together in Webster. Thanks Jen!
Our next meeting has been revised to Wednesday, September 20 at noon.
Register here to receive details for both in-person and online options. The October meeting date has been revised to October 25 at noon.
We meet in person AND online via Google Meet the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Many of us join during our lunch break. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. In fact, our goal is to have representation from all walks of life, to better meet the needs of the whole community. If you missed the last meeting, view it via the link below. We plan to make the most recent meeting available on our website going forward.