In recognition of #MentalHealthDay (10/10), I created a list of 6 of my favorite go-to resources and tools that I find helpful on my journey to be well and happy! Take a look and see if any of these can assist you as well.
1. Mindfulness Cards: Simple Practices For Everyday Life
Check out these cards designed to help you cultivate small and meaningful moments of mindfulness. There are 4 categories: Rest and Balance, Insight and Awareness, Curiosity and Joy, and Kindness. It is super easy to pull out a card in the area that you need at that moment and it walks you through valuable insight to reflect and reset. Keep in your car or desk drawer!
2. National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) / @namicommunicate
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans that suffer from mental illness. It is a major resource for all mental health conditions, how best to support & guidance to get started. The webinars are amazing too!
3. Apps To The Rescue
Need a refresh and reboot? Check out apps like Calm and Headspace to assist in sleep, guided meditation, soothing sounds and more. It is flexible and adaptable with benefits to your wellness with just a few minutes a day.
4. Want To Support But Don’t Know What To Say Or Give?
5. Bring Change 2 Mind / @bringchangetomind
Bring Change 2 Mind is a non-profit dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health. I have found the “Talk & Text Tools” and greetings cards for mental well being especially helpful.
6. Affirmators: 50 Affirmation Cards To Help You Help Yourself Without The Self-Helpy-Ness
If you love and need a little humor in your day you will love these cards created by a comedian. These amazing cards come packed with just enough positivity that can “be inspirational-but-not-cheesy” affirmation cards. I give these to teams that I work with and when needed to reset they pull out a card to refocus on Connection, Clarity, Letting Go, Trust, No Judgment just to name a few! All with a bit of sass! You are welcome!
I would LOVE to know what resources or tools you have found helpful in the comments below so others can benefit from them too!
Oh, and if you missed my post from back in May about mental health, here are some additional resources that weren't included above:
Mental Health America (MHA) / @mentalhealthamerica
MHA is dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Check out their resources including tips for starting a conversation, mental health screenings, their free webinars, tips to boost mental health & their self-help tools.
Mental Health First Aid / @mentalhealthfirstaidusa
Mental Health First Aid offers courses to teach how to identify, understand & respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community. You learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, etc. Their overall goal is to make mental health first aid as common as CPR.
Give an Hour / @giveanhour
Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming mental health by building strong and healthy individuals and communities. They provide no-cost counseling through a network of volunteer mental health professionals and encourage community through collaborative programs, peer support and educational opportunities. A few of my favorite pieces of content and tools can be found under the 'Mental Health Resources' section of their website.