Wellness means different things to different people, but one thing is certain – we ALL need it. In 2020, the CDA is offering a member benefit like none before. Each month a different aspect of wellness will be in the spotlight and available for dentists and their teams to learn from and use.

Suicide Prevention Month – You Are Not Alone

Be the 1 to Help Your Colleagues and Patients

In honor of #SuicidePreventionMonth, the CDA is promoting 5 evidence-based steps you can take to help someone considering suicide. Learn more about #BeThe1To by visiting bethe1to.com.

Step #1: ASK
Asking the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” communicates that you’re open to speaking about suicide in a non-judgmental and supportive way. Asking in this direct, unbiased manner, can open the door for effective dialogue about their emotional pain and can allow everyone involved to see what next steps need to be taken.

Step #2: BE THERE
This could mean being physically present for someone, speaking with them on the phone when you can, or any other way that shows support for the person at risk. An important aspect of this step is to make sure you follow through with the ways in which you say you’ll be able to support the person – do not commit to anything you are not willing or able to accomplish.

First of all, it’s good for everyone to be on the same page. After the “Ask” step, and you’ve determined suicide is indeed being talked about, it’s important to find out a few things to establish immediate safety.

Helping someone with thoughts of suicide connect with ongoing supports (like the Lifeline, 800-273-8255) can help them establish a safety net for those moments they find themselves in a crisis.

Step #5: FOLLOW UP
After your initial contact with a person experiencing thoughts of suicide, and after you’ve connected them with the immediate support systems they need, make sure to follow-up with them to see how they’re doing. Leave a message, send a text, or give them a call.

This information is provided by bethe1to.com

Wellness Program Calendar

  • January

    Return on Investment: Providing an Office Wellness Program

  • February

    Ergonomics in the Dental Office

  • March

    Stop Making Excuses! Get Healthy!

  • April

    Stress Awareness and Stress Management

  • May

    Nutrition Tips and Boosting Immunity

  • June

    Employee Exercise and Fitness

  • July

    Financial Health for the Present and Future

  • August

    Mindfulness, Gratitude and Meditation

  • September

    Suicide Prevention: Helping others and helping yourself

  • October

    Office Stretching, Body Therapy and Selfcare

  • November

    Healthy Aging, Risk for Disease and Hazards of the Occupation

  • December

    Work-Life Balance: The Importance of Downtime

Stress Down Challenge

April is National Stress Awareness month! You can’t control COVID-19 but you CAN control how you react to it. Starting tomorrow, the CDA is implementing a one-week Stress Down Challenge – showing you a different way to de-stress each day. Find out which method works best for you. Thank you Movement 1st Wellness for this content.



    Yoga in the Garden

    Wind down your week with a one-hour yoga class, surrounded by the natural beauty of Hudson Gardens. #namaste This event is designed to help you build strength, increase flexibility, and find focus after a long day of seeing patients. 

    The class will be held outdoors at "Monet's Place," weather permitting.

    Participants of all levels are welcome.

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    CDA & MDDS Virtual Coffee & Conversation

    Where: From the comfort of your own home!

    Cost: FREE (you just need a computer, tablet, phone or other device with internet)

    Connection is important, now more than ever. Whether you take your coffee dark and strong or prefer it with pumpkin spice, you are invited to join Dr. Leah Schulz, CDA Wellness Committee Chair, and other fellow

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    Paint and Sip From Home

    Where: From the comfort of your own home!

    Optional Costs: $10 for supply kits, $12 for brushes (or feel free to purchase materials from your favorite store)

    Grab something to sip and channel your inner Picasso at this fun Canvas & Cocktails at-home event! Attendees will get live step-by-step instructions through Zoom to paint the above

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    Online Cooking Class

    Where: From the comfort of your own home!

    Save the takeout for another night. Get in the holiday spirit, roll up your sleeves, grab your apron and discover how to make Spanish Gambas al Ajillo and Paella in a virtual cooking class lead by Uncorked Kitchen! 

    Appetizer: Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)
    Entrée: Chicken &

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    The Eight Dimensions of Wellness


    Wellness means, and should mean, different things to different people based on what they’re striving to accomplish.

    There are Eight Dimensions of Wellness:

    1. Emotional – coping effectively with stress and growing from experiences
    2. Financial – successfully managing financial expenses
    3. Occupational – enjoying occupational endeavors and having personal satisfaction with work
    4. Social – developing meaningful relationships that create a healthy support network
    5. Environmental – respecting surroundings and raising awareness
    6. Intellectual – having an open mind to new ideas and participating in activities
    7. Physical – maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed
    8. Spiritual – developing a set of values to gain meaning and purpose

    Well-Being Resources

    Knowing when to reach out for help is the most important part of your well-being plan. No one can do everything alone, and this is especially true when substance dependency occurs, or emotional, psychological or physical complications arise that could affect your ability to practice dentistry.

    If you need help, one phone call is all that it takes.

    Search for therapists, psychiatrists, and support groups.

    This website does not provide specific well-being or healthcare advice. The site is intended only to be used as general information pertaining to well-being and related health topics. The information presented is not intended to replace or serve as substitute for professional healthcare services with a physician. Any observations and/or opinions contained on the website should not be construed as specific medical advice.