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Sep 11, 2023

Our conversation today with Cori Pence, Communications Specialist with Northwestern Community Services Board Prevention & Wellness Services is part of a year-long partnership with Northwestern Community Services Board highlighting eight different dimensions of wellness. Their "Rooted in" campaign is in its third year with 2023's message: Rooted in Wellness. They encourage community members to get involved by participating in a monthly challenge, attending a Lunch and Learn session, or accessing resources on their website.

The goals of the campaign are to deliver the following messages of wellness:
• To raise awareness about how being mentally well impacts not only one part of who we are;
• To encourage community members to become mentally well;
• To foster connection and resilience in our communities by emphasizing wellness.

This month we recapped two of the wellness topics we've covered in-depth: Intellectual Wellness and Emotional Wellness. Cori also gave us details about the 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention Motorcycle Ride and Awareness Event happening on Saturday, September 16, 2023. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. To bring attention to this topic, Northwestern Community Services Board and local partner organizations will host the event as a way to come together as a community to show support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide and to let individuals know that there are resources with whom to reach out and connect when in need. Get more details about the event here: 

You can find more details, resources, and information about emotional and intellectual wellness on their website: 

“Rooted in Wellness” is a collaborative project. Prevention and Wellness works closely with local coalitions to reach each community in their service area. These include Family Youth Initiative, Page Alliance for Community Action, Warren Coalition, and Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition. In addition, the campaign hopes to bring awareness to 2 statewide initiatives: Activate Your Wellness and Lock and Talk Virginia.

Each month there will be a call to action with tips, activities, and education to build up a specific dimension of wellness. There are various ways to engage in the campaign including through social media. Stay up-to-date by following @NWCSBWellness on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for infographics, photos, resources, and quotes. As this campaign is yearlong, be sure to visit regularly for updates and schedule of monthly activities. Share posts and include the hashtag #NWRootedinWellness. Get involved. Be creative. Take photos that reflect what wellness means to you and tag @NWCSBWellness on social media with the hashtag #NWPhotoVoiceChallenge. Implement #NWRootedinWellness into your everyday life this year.

Yard signs with wellness messages are also available as part of this effort. Reach out if you are interested in displaying a FREE sign by emailing See signs? Take a picture and be sure to tag @NWCSBWellness and use the hashtag #NWRootedinWellness.

Click here to listen to prior conversations about the Rooted in Wellness campaign.