To nurture, empower and transform the lives of youth and their families through prevention, intervention, education and support.
To support our mission, we strive to:
Improve the understanding of mental health and the mind-body connection.
Reduce the risk of bullying and violence in our community.
Offer programs and services to support resilience, build empathy, and create positive connections.
Positively Linked was formed in 2014 as a way to help people of all ages connect. Even with the advances in technology and social media people are feeling disconnected from themselves and others. We specialize in Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness.
Social and emotional learning
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially
Mindfulness Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and curiosity.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Why is Mindfulness Important?
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits.
Mindfulness is good for our bodies
It boosts Immune system
Mindfulness is good for our minds
Increases positive emotions while reducing negative emotions and stress
Increases density of gray matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy.
Mindfulness affects the way we see ourselves
Stronger sense of self
Healthy body image
Mindfulness helps us focus
Tune out distraction
Improve memory and decision making skills
Why is Social Emotional Learning Important?
Self-awareness: Know your strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”
Self-management: Effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate yourself to set and achieve goals.
Social awareness: Understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Relationship skills: Communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
Responsible decision-making: Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norms.
What have we been doing?
We have provided programs for the Oak Harbor Boys & Girls Club
We have worked with the HUB in Langley and the SW Commons
We have worked in the Juvenile Detention Center with incarcerated youth
We provided summer camp activities for Compass Mental Health Youth Clients
We offer online youth and parent support groups
We provide specialty Coaching to adults and youth
Mental Health Awareness Month - May 2023
Community Cares - Mental Health Fair
May 20th, 2023 11am-3pm ( Fidalgo Ave - Oak Harbor)