The month of February provides an opportunity to celebrate all of the world's multicultural identities. There are many different celebrations, and I will talk about a few of them, apologizing in advance for the ones that I have left out unintentionally.
February is Black History Month or African American Heritage Month. It has been celebrated since 1976 and attempts to acknowledge the contributions that Black or African Americans have made in our history.
This year for me has been a positive and humbling experience as I continue to learn more about Black History. With the events of 2020, I am learning the importance of being an ally and the importance of cultural humility. I have acknowledged my White Privilege and am learning how to use it in positive ways.
In February we celebrate:
February 12. Chinese New Year
February 14. Valentines’ Day
February 15. Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
February 15. President's Day
February 16. Mardi Gras, the last day for Catholics to indulge before Ash Wednesday
February 17 Ash Wednesday, first day of Lent (40 days of fasting before Easter Sunday)
February 20 World Day of Social Justice
Other Important February Celebrations include:
February 3 National Carrot Cake Day
February 6 National Frozen Yogurt Day
February 9. National Pizza Day
February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 20 National Love your Pet
February 22 National Margarita
James W. Manock LCSW
Thanks to James Manock for this informative message!
"NIEAPA members shall seek to develop an awareness of their own personal and cultural values and beliefs as one way of appreciating the importance of multicultural identities in our own lives and in the lives of those we serve. NIEAPA members shall have and continue to develop specialized knowledge and understanding about the values, traditions and systems of all employees at the workplaces they serve."
RESOURCE DIRECTORY & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
The Resource Directory is a central source of services that fall under the EAP umbrella and is a great tool for all. We encourage you to use and share with your colleagues.
Please use the Resource Directory if you are looking for up to date information on treatment centers' recent changes, additions or reduction of services. The link also provides contact information for each center's outreach professional.
This list has been provided by the Chicagoland Professional Liaison Association, which is an organization for outreach professionals in the behavioral health field working in the Greater Chicagoland area. We thank the group for sharing this information with their NIEAPA colleagues.