National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day as a National
Holiday in 1914. For almost 100 years we have celebrated mothers on the
second Sunday of May each year with cards, gifts, or nice dinners.
While the celebrations have remained much the same, motherhood has not.
For example, in 1914 women did not have the right to vote, in 2010 they
represented 17% of the seats in Congress. In 1914 very few women
worked outside the home; in 2012 women made up 49.6% of the U.S.
As many women attempt to balance the increasing demands of work and
home, they pay a high price in mental health. According to the National
Institute of Mental Health, stress is one of the leading causes of
depression in women. Low-resource families are often facing multiple
stressors and those moms may not even recognize the effect that stress
is having on their physical and mental health. Helping moms - clients or
colleagues - recognize warning signs of depression and identify ways to
manage and reduce stress are important first steps to achieving mental
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
Tip of the Month
Your monthly tip to strengthen the relationships of those you serve. Share it - Post it - Pass it on!
Individual physical and mental health promotes relationship health,
and vice versa. Here are 3 tips you can use and pass along to reduce the
negative impact of stress:
- Embrace humor. Humor in highly emotional times can help ease or break the tension. Learn more here.
- Practice mindfulness. This means purposely being aware
of, and open to, the present (immediate experiences) rather than being
pre-occupied by past memories or future concerns. This seemingly simple
state of mind takes practice! Mindfulness tends to open a person up to
options and perspective.
- Use positive self-talk. Learning to consistently be a
positive voice inside of one’s head instead of a negative one can help a
person leave past failures or bad experiences behind. Example: Say, "I
know I can do better next time" instead of "I can't believe I messed
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 500 materials in a variety of formats -
including factsheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures, pamphlets,
training resources, program reports or evaluations, and research
Click the links below to view our featured May resources:
The Resource Center's Events Calendar
offers a listing of Resource Center events and other national,
regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming
- This month, the Resource Center is convening the Washington Integration Institute-
a one day training event for safety-net service providers across the
State of West Virginia. Attendees will have an opportunity to share
information regarding their agencies' current efforts to promote
relationship skills; participate in facilitated discussions regarding
healthy marriage and relationship education skills and integration
strategies; and engage in consensus building and action planning
activities. This event is by invitation only. However, if you would like
more information on upcoming institutes or to organize an event in your
state or area, please contact us.
Feedback and Technical Assistance:
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to request Technical Assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
To learn more about the Resource Center visit us at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
supports safety-net service providers as they integrate healthy marriage
and relationship education skills into service delivery systems as part
of a comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach
designed to promote self-sufficiency.