COVID-19 is causing increased stress for many people in the U.S. and around the world. For people with Diabetes, when our stress goes up, our blood sugars can be harder to control, and we can feel worse, both emotionally and physically. In this FREE webinar, We Rise Int'l Executive Director , licensed counselor Janelle Bitikofer, will share tips for coping with stress and Type 2 Diabetes during this ever changing era of
Thursday, June 18, 2002
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For people living with Type 1 Diabetes, stress and changes to our daily patterns can wreak havoc on our blood sugars and emotions, affecting our emotional and physical health. Join We Rise Int'l Executive Director Janelle Bitikofer, who has lived with Type 1 for over 20 years, for this FREE webinar on stress management and coping, as we continue to live in this ever changing era of COVID-19.
Wednesday, June 17 2020
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Stay tuned to this page for info on other upcoming webinars on managing our health and mental health during COVID-19, and during the transition from COVID-19 back to normal life.
Health Professionals are on the front line in responding to COVID-19. They are experiencing their own trauma, and are working with many patients who are experiencing trauma and loss as a result of COVID-19.
We Rise International Executive Director Janelle Bitikofer will be the speaker for this webinar, which is part of Eastern Mennonite University's FREE COVID-19 seminar series for health professionals.
June 9, 2020 12:00-12:45pm
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Your support and contributions will enable us to help health professionals in the developing world provide increased support to children and adults with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Your generous one-time or monthly donation is tax-deductible.
Coming August 2020:
Buy a We Rise Int'l diabetes supply kit bag designed and sewn by women in Nairobi, Kenya in support of the We Rise Diabetes Initiative! Buying a kit bag provides a fair-trade living wage for talented women artisans & helps We Rise increase support for children and adults with Diabetes in Africa.
In partnership with Christian radio station WJTL.com, Janelle provided tips to reduce anxiety, stress, and feelings of loneliness and isolation during this period of COVID-19 .
Listen here (Janelle Bitikofer, Counselor): https://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/
Looking for something to fill the time while you're home during COVID-19? We Rise Int'l is seeking an online (home based) intern or volunteer , 5 hours per week, in the PA area to help plan our fall Bike-a-thon Fundraiser, help coordinate other events, and manage social media. If interested send a letter of interest and resume to Janelle@weriseinternational.org and Desiree, our volunteer coordinator, will contact you!
The Churches Care Program (We Rise Int'l in partnership with Eastern Mennonite University,) is building the capacity of churches and church leaders in Pennsylvania to effectively support and assist individuals and families experiencing a mental illness or addiction got rolling just before COVID-19 hit the U.S. Churches participating in the program are supported by an online mental health and addictions counselor who is available to provide guidance to them as they support those in their congregation and community. The online counselor will be available to the current participating churches throughout and beyond the COVID-19 outbreak.
increasing the capacity of communities to respond to mental illnesses and addictions.
The Christian Faith Community
Increasing support for individuals with mental illnesses or addictions
We Rise International is partnering with faith communities across the Eastern U.S. who seek to understand mental illnesses and addictions better and learn hands-on ways to assist and support those in their churches and communities who are living with mental illnesses or addictions.
One aspect of that work is the Churches Care: Accompanying Persons with Mental Illnesses and Addictions Program, a partnership of We Rise Int'l, Eastern Mennonite University, and the Lancaster Legacy Foundation. Churches Care provides intensive training and support for Christian churches and church leaders across Pennsylvania, to increase the Christian Faith Community's ability to support, assist, empower, and refer to effective mental health or addictions treament, individuals and families in their congregations and communities who are in need.
Mental Health Professionals
Increasing cultural competence in mental illness and addictions treatment
In the U.S. many communities lack sufficient numbers of mental health and addictions treatment providers who are prepared to meet the needs of Latino and other minority ethnic groups in culturally competent ways. For individuals from these groups the waiting lists to obtain a counseling appointment with a qualified therapist can be long. We Rise International partners with mental health professional groups and universities to provide cultural competency training and clinical training to increase the number of mental health and addictions providers prepared to meet this need.
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