Mental Health and Taking Care of Yourself

Student Health Advocates

May 31, 2021

By Amira Hassen   In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I decided to write this blog highlighting the effects of COVID-19 and the importance of taking care of your mental health. First, what is mental health? As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope...

OSBHA May Newsletter

May 5, 2021

In our May newsletter, we announce our Youth Advocate Conference. We're excited for this upcoming event and have provided more information below.  Youth ages 14-22 please come join us in sharing your school-based health experiences and needs to receive a $20 gift card and inform how the needs of your community will be addressed! Please register here or by...

Sexual assault Awareness Month: It Can Happen to Anyone

Student Health Advocates

Mar 31, 2021

Written by Student Health Advocate, Azucena Morales Santos   Introduction Sexual assault or assault of any kind can occur to anyone. I understand that sexual assault is a sensitive topic that may be triggering to some, and I want to make space to acknowledge and respect those feelings. Still, I believe it is important to talk about these topics so that it is not taboo...

OSBHA 2021 School Health Advocacy Day

Mar 2, 2021

Ready to Advocate?  School Health Advocacy Day
OSBHA 2021 School Health Advocacy Day   Oregon School-Based Health Alliance's 2021 School Health Advocacy Day, like a lot of things, looked a little different this year.  Youth from all around Oregon joined us virtually on February 23rd to learn about Advocacy, and meet virtually with each other and their local legislators. Students facilitated 26 ...

Self-Isolation: A relationship with you

Student Health Advocates

Feb 23, 2021

  Youth Blog:  What are the effects of social isolation on mental health and healthy relationships?     Social isolation is widely known as an important trigger of mental illness.  According to the article ‘Mental health and social relationships,’ it states that “People with supportive friends and family generally...

A Relationship Worth Working On

Student Health Advocates

Feb 23, 2021

When people think of the word ‘relationship’, one of the first things they’ll think of is a romantic relationship. Although this is true, one of the least thought of examples of a relationship is the one that you have with yourself.  In a time where young adults are driven to be productive with their fast-paced lives, taking care of oneself is often...

OSBHA February Newsletter

Ashley McAllister

Feb 22, 2021

  In this month's newsletter, we interviewed Shian Gutierrez, our new Community Partnerships Coordinator. Shian is working to strengthen partnerships with Latino/a/x focused organizations to ensure that OSBHA's work supports the needs of Latino/a/x youth across Oregon. What brings you to this work? My passion in education and human development, plus my own...

Donating Blood: Why Your Sexuality Matters

Student Health Advocates

Jan 31, 2021

In honor of national blood donor month, I want to share a little about my experience with donating blood and why I am very grateful to be able to have this experience. Every 56 days I wake up, eat a big breakfast, drink lots of water, drive to a blood donation center, and donate a pint of blood. I do this because in May of 2020 I was struggling with my mental health more than I ever have...

When COVID Strikes…

Student Health Advocates

Jan 30, 2021

Times have been tough this last year, we can all agree on that. Our daily schedules have now been switched to finishing all of our tasks from the comfort of our own homes, but this can be rough because our daily physical activity and social interactions can be limited by this. Social gatherings have been restricted to a minimum and that lack of social interaction can take a toll on mental...

OSBHA December Newsletter

Ashley McAllister

Dec 23, 2020

In this month's newsletter, we interviewed Salma, a Student Health Advocate at OSBHA, about the impact COVID-19 has had on her life. Thank you to Salma  for sharing your story with us.  How has COVID-19 impacted your mental, physical, and/or emotional health?  It’s crazy to think that we’ve been in this state for 9 months. In what feels like a blink of an...