DECEMBER DIVERSITY MESSAGE
The month of December is full of holiday celebrations, but I would like to recognize 2 internationally recognized holidays; International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3) and International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10). https://www.un.org/
As December 2021 comes to an end, it is important to recognize people who live with a disability are amongst the heavily affected population amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We must continue to advocate, support, and celebrate an inclusive workplace. All of us have had to adjust, pivot, and alter our daily living with the help of each other.
What are human rights? Human rights are rights we have simply because we exist as human beings - they are not granted by any state. These universal rights are inherent to us all, regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. They range from the most fundamental - the right to life - to those that make life worth living, such as the rights to food, education, work, health, and liberty. https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Pages/WhatareHumanRights.aspx
As individuals we have these rights, but it is also very important to stand up for the rights of our friends, family, neighbor, and co-workers. So, to end this last message of the year, “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity” Nelson Mandela.
"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.