“For a very small investment, we can prevent tragic future costs and heartaches in our communities. How much will we save in preventing substance abuse? How much we will save in preventing suicides and mass shootings because children feel isolated and alone? My goal is to get us to focus more on mental health and well-being in the most important asset we have in America – well-functioning human beings.”
Published May 1, 2018 Copyright (c) 2018 The Miami Herald
Congressman Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat, recently visited several inner city schools in Miami-Dade to raise awareness on the importance of using the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program as a tool to combat stress, aggression, bullying and school violence.
Ryan visited the Academy for International Education in Miami Springs, Mater Academy of International Studies in Miami, and Arcola Lakes Elementary School in Liberty City. His visit was organized by Valerie York-Zimmerman, founder of Miami Mindfulness, which provides professional training of the program to teachers and counselors, who then teach students in the classroom. The training aims to increase attention and academic achievement, reduce stress and increase performance, improve impulse control and increase teaching time in classrooms, develop emotional regulation and teach students to respond instead of reacting, and build empathy and compassion.
“For a very small investment, we can prevent tragic future costs and heartaches in our communities. How much will we save in preventing substance abuse? How much will we save in preventing suicides and mass shootings because children feel isolated and alone? My goal is to get us to focus more on mental health and well-being in the most important asset we have in America — well-functioning human beings,” Ryan said.
U.S. CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN, AUTHOR OF ‘A MINDFUL NATION,’ TO SPEAK ABOUT MINDFUL PROGRESS IN CITIES, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, HALLS OF JUSTICE, and BUSINESS
YOU ARE INVITED TO MEET CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN (D-OHIO) WHOSE PUBLIC SERVICE IS FOCUSED ON:
long-term economic recovery and growth across the U.S.;
getting people back to work through innovative and high-tech initiatives;
a transformational approach to mental health across America;
Safe Schools that foster learning and healthy students;
a just and mindful approach to criminal justice and immigration;
long-term public policy for our future and environment;
and other important issues impacting our families and our community.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HIS INSPIRED WORK IN EDUCATION – HEALTHCARE – MENTAL HEALTH – CRIMINAL JUSTICE and BUSINESS WITH LEADERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
Prior to Reception in his honor, Representative Ryan will visit South Florida inner-city public schools to talk about Safe Schools – Importance of Mental Health – Ending Bullying, Aggression and Violence – Improving Learning Environments – Fostering Happy, Healthy Students.
JOIN US FOR MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE TO CONSIDER WHAT WE CAN DO IN OUR OWN MIAMI and FT. LAUDERDALE COMMUNITIES!
RECEPTION IN HONOR OF CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN
At the home of SHARON and MITCHELL BERGER
(Founder of South Florida Berger Singerman law offices)