This page includes photos and information from bulletin board displays on a range of topics from glaucoma awareness to Black history!

June 2021: National Safety Month

On this board, you’ll find tips for staying safe in the summer, especially for kids. In addition, you’ll find a section dedicated to protecting against COVID-19.

The June 2021 Community Bulletin Board, dedicated to National Safety Month
Thank you to Olivia Galler for this month’s Community Bulletin Board!
  1. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
  2. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, lightly colored clothing.
  3. Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals.
  4. Sunscreen!
  5. The sun is highest between 10 am and 2 pm. Therefore, try to stay indoors during that time.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear sunscreen when playing outside.
  • Avoid bug bites.
  • Safely cross the road when walking or biking.
  • Wear a helmet when riding a bike.
  1. Only walk at marked crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right, then left again.
  3. Watch for turning cars.
  4. Safely cross the road when no cars are coming.
  • Unplug. Don’t be a distracted walker.
  • Make eye contact. Then, don’t walk until traffic stops.
  • Be bright. Specifically, wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Never jaywalk. Instead, use crosswalks and intersections.
  • Stay alert all the way across the intersection.
  • Watch for turning vehicles of all kinds.

Always

Be

Careful

  • Form a Facebook group.
  • Start a neighborhood watch.
  • Warn people of suspicious activity.
  • Coordinate community events.
  • Teach social media safety.
  • Set boundaries for your children.
  • Keep yourself and others protected against COVID-19.
  • If eligible, get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands, often, with soap and water for 30 seconds.
  • Wear a mask in public, crowded areas.
  • Disinfect surfaces around you often.
  • SWAG Health Clinic
    • Available on Mondays, call 352-334-8810
    • 816 SW 64th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Walgreens
  • Publix
  • Florida Department of Health
    • Join the COVID-19 vaccine waitlist
    • Visit alachua.floridahealth.gov

May 2021: Mental Health Awareness Month

This bulletin board defines mental health and emphasizes that those suffering from mental illness are not alone. It also lists some signs and symptoms of mental illness and ways to improve your mental health. In addition, it lists local resources available to those who need help.

The May 2021 Community Bulletin Board, dedicated to Mental Health Awareness Month
Thank you to Aalyiah Saintil for this month’s Community Bulletin Board!

noun.

A person’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

  • Feeling sad or down
  • Confused thinking or inability to concentrate
  • Excessive fears or worries
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Low energy or problems sleeping
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
  • Problems with alcohol or drug use
  • Excessive anger or violence
  • Suicidal thinking

1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of mental illness in any given year.

Break the silence. Break the stigma.

Not all pain is physical, and not all wounds are visible.

You are not broken. You are breaking through.

-Alex Myles

  • Eat well
  • Ask for help
  • Get enough sleep
  • Take your prescribed meds
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Exercise
  • Remove negative relationships
  • Practice self-care

#NotAlone

#BreakTheStigma

CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services

Provides short-term counseling to youth ages 6 to 17 and their families

3615 SW 13th St. Suite 4
Gainesville, FL 32608
​​Tel: (352) 244-0628
Fax: (352) 244-0668

www.cdsfl.org

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare

Services provided: Crisis Services, Rehabilitation Services, Outpatient Services, Outreach, Prevention, Sponsored Services and Entities

4300 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL, 32608
Tel: (352) 374-5600

www.mbhci.org

April 2021: National Child Abuse Prevention Month

This board for National Child Abuse Prevention Month emphasizes protective factors. It also includes resources to help families and communities implement them, such as this calendar, as well as handle disclosures of abuse. The most important thing we can do is support families all year long by promoting and building on their strengths. This enables families to care for their children safely before maltreatment is even a possibility.

The April 2021 Community Board, focused on National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Thank you to intern Rose Termidor for this month’s bulletin board!

noun.

1. any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) that results in harm, the potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child

2. a preventable act

There’s no excuse for child abuse.

Every child has…

  • the right to be respected
  • need for unconditional love
  • the right to dream
  • the right to be loved and cared for
  • gifts that should be recognized and valued
  • the right to achieve their God-given potential
A graphic with child abuse risk factors like parental stress and protective factors like parent resilience & social connection

Some protective factors include parental resilience, nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parent and child development, concrete support in time of need, and social connections. #ChildAbusePreventionMonth

March 2021: National Nutrition Month Bulletin Board

This bulletin board covers each of the following five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. Specifically, it discusses nutrition benefits, suggested daily intake, and tips. It also includes a guide for using food nutrition labels to make healthy choices.

The March 2021 Community Board, focused on National Nutrition Month
Thank you to intern Logan Payne for this month’s bulletin board!

Find help with planning nutritious meals with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) HERE! Also, you can visit Florida’s Family Nutrition Program website. For more about food groups, portion sizes, and maintaining a balanced diet, see MyPlate.gov. Additionally, if you want to learn about and apply for food assistance, visit MyFLFamilies.com.

February 2021: Black History Month Bulletin Board

During February, we celebrate Black History Month and the many accomplishments of the Black community. In particular, the people featured here are leaders who broke through societal norms and paved the way for others.

A community bulletin board for Black History Month, featuring four Black historical figures who are not often talked about
Thank you to intern Cyrus Santiago for this month’s bulletin board!

Katherine Johnson (1918 – 2020)

Johnson was a gifted and intelligent woman who graduated from college at the age of 18. She learned how to solve problems by using math. Specifically, her strength was in geometry—a kind of math that uses lines, shapes, and angles. Katherine became a teacher until her marriage and then returned to teaching later on to support the family. NASA hired her at 35 as a worker solving math problems. Then, her curiosity, confidence, and willingness to learn more led her to become a team member for space projects. Without her work in calculating orbital projections, the U.S. would not have been able to send the first astronauts to the moon!

Ray Charles (1930 – 2004)

Ray Charles was a highly influential musician who created a form of music called ‘soul.’ He was born in Albany, Georgia, and raised in Florida. Later on, he became one of the leading musicians in the new genre of R&B (rhythm and blues). Charles was officially declared blind at the age of seven from congenital juvenile glaucoma. After leaving school at the age of fifteen, Charles traveled to Jacksonville and Orlando, growing his reputation until he eventually settled in Los Angeles, California. He became the first performer inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1979, honored in the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame in 1982, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Finally, in 1993, Ray Charles received the National Medal of Arts. On June 10, 2004, Ray Charles passed away of acute liver disease at his home in Beverly Hills, California.

James Hemings (1765 – 1801)

Hemings was the first French-trained American chef. He learned in prestigious French kitchens and from a master pastry chef. Hemings was born a slave owned by Thomas Jefferson, who took James to Paris with him. As a result, Hemings studied as a French chef. Afterward, Hemings became the chef de cuisine for Jefferson’s personal residence. He brought European-style macaroni and cheese, French fries, Creme brûlée, and ice cream to America. Hemings became freed in 1796.

George Washington Carver (1864 – 1943)

Carver was born into slavery shortly before the abolition of slavery in 1865. Moses Carver, George’s former owner, raised him after his family was kidnapped. George, his mother, and his sister were kidnapped, but Moses Carver only managed to safely bargain for George back. George continued his education and earned a Master of Science in 1896. He went on to create over 300 uses for peanuts as plastics, dyes, soap, milk, and cosmetics. Carver also helped change the agricultural sector in the South by introducing crop rotation (alternating different crops to resupply nutrients to the soil), allowing for improved cotton production and food for consumption.

January 2021: Glaucoma Awareness Month Bulletin Board

The January 2021 Community Bulletin Board at the SWAG Family Resource Center is dedicated to Glaucoma Awareness month. As a result, you can read below for information about prevention, symptoms, treatment, and local resources.

The January 2021 Bulletin Board, focusing on glaucoma awareness. It encourages readers to get an eye exam every 1-2 years.
Thank you to intern Grace Murphy for this month’s bulletin board!

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that affect one’s eyes. Specifically, it can cause blindness if left untreated. 2.7 million people in the United States have it, and half of them don’t know. This number is likely to increase to 4.2 million people by 2030. Moreover, African Americans age 40 and above and all adults age 60 and above–especially Mexican Americans–are at higher risk.

Prevention includes the following:

  • Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam every 1-2 years
  • Treating high eye pressure with exercise or eye drops
  • Preventing eye injuries

Symptoms include the following:

  • Seeing halos when looking at lights
  • Vision loss
  • Eye color changing to red
  • Vomiting
  • Eye pain
  • Narrow vision

Common treatments include eye drops, medication, and laser surgery.

Glaucoma-Related Community Resources

For medical attention, please see the following list of local physicians who can assist with glaucoma-related eye complications: