Welcome back to our Monday Motivation series, where we’re dedicated to infusing your week with inspiration and positivity. As we enter the third Monday in May, let’s embrace the opportunity to set the tone for a fulfilling and successful week ahead.

Amidst our exploration of motivation, let’s take a moment to reflect on the transformative impact of institutions like the American School for the Deaf. Established as the first permanent school for the deaf in the United States and the proud birthplace of American Sign Language, it symbolizes resilience and progress. In 1982, it opened its PACES Residential Treatment Center, which was a first of its kind program for deaf and hard of hearing students with significant behavioral and emotional challenges.

For over 40 years, PACES has served as a critical lifeline for students, who often do not have many other options for help. The experience of trauma in PACES is universal. The students enrolled in this program have diverse home lives – some are in the foster care system while others have parents whose rights were terminated.

For many, the experience of home is one of deep isolation due to communication barriers. The critical clinical supports and language access found at ASD in PACES are a welcome relief that lead to life-changing outcomes. Consider one student’s journey: she endured domestic violence and was exposed to substance abuse from a tender age, with a father incarcerated and a mother battling addiction. At 11, she arrived at ASD, grappling with aggression and emotional shutdown.

Now, at 16, she expresses her emotions freely and feels secure in her environment. Her trajectory towards a brighter future is fueled by the specialized therapeutic support available at PACES. ASD proudly stands with Mental Health Awareness Month, advocating for comprehensive support systems to enable children and adults worldwide to thrive.

As we embrace the beginning of this new week in May, let’s remember that each day presents us with unique opportunities for growth and progress. By harnessing the power of intention-setting, fostering a positive outlook, and prioritizing self-care, we can transform Mondays into a launchpad for our aspirations and dreams. Stay tuned for more Monday Motivation posts as we continue to empower and uplift you through stories, tips, and practices from experts.

We want to hear from you! Pick a Monday in May and share a post about what motivates you. Be sure to tag @mentalhealthct and use the hashtag #LetsFaceIt and #MotivationMonday so we can share your post and spread some Monday motivation far and wide!

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Join us each day in May to hear from community partners, staff, and MHC participants on how they #FaceIt. View past posts here.

Looking for resources or support in CT but don’t know where to start? Visit MHC’s Resource Directory at https://www.mhconn.org/education/resources/