Mental Health Collaborative
We believe that with education and awareness, we can work together to decrease stigma and open the door to conversations about mental illness.
Wellness Wednesday Weekly Tips
Remind yourself to take frequent deep breaths today. Deep breathing increases the oxygen levels going to your brain, helping your mind and body relax.
Practice yoga. Youtube has many great tutorials. Yoga has been proven to not only benefit you physically but to ease the mind as well.
Mental Health stigma uses negative labels and puts negative connotations on mental illness. It prevents mental health from being talked about. Tearing down that stigma is an important step for society to gain stronger mental health. One way to tear down this stigma is by starting conversations with family and friends about mental health issues in the world.
Treat yourself! Your favorite meal, a peaceful walk, a night of relaxing by watching your favorite movie… do whatever makes you feel good. Research shows that doing things that increase positive emotions reduces stress in our bodies.
There are different kinds of stress – positive and toxic. Try to completely eliminate toxic stress, which lasts for a prolonged amount of time. However, positive stress, lasting for a brief period of time and leading to adaptation and learning, should be controlled but accepted into your life. It is okay to be stressed sometimes – accepting it as a part of you will help improve your mental health.
Take at least 2 hours today to totally unplug from all devices. Read a book, talk to family or friends in person, take a walk – anything other than technology. Research has found that staring at a screen has detrimental effects to mental health.
Complete a workout, no matter how simple. Whether it is going for a walk or completing a high-intensity workout, it will still be beneficial to not only your physical health but your mental health as well. Endorphins, hormones that improve your mood, are released with workouts.
Reach out to at least one friend or family member that you haven’t talked to in a while. It can be as simple as texting/calling them and just checking in. Research has shown that fostering strong relationships can improve your own mental health, as well as the mental health of those around you.
Make a list of everything you’ve accomplished today, including getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, and eating meals! Research shows that recognizing your accomplishments boosts your self-esteem and makes you more productive.
We are all on the front lines when it comes to the mental health of our friends, families, and neighbors – Reach Out!
Mental Illness is Treatable
and nobody needs to suffer in silence.
Mental Health Collaborative is a non profit organization dedicated to teaching members of communities Mental Health Literacy
Mental Health Literacy
…is the knowledge and understanding that helps us become responsible, effective, and successful in living full and healthy lives. With good mental literacy we learn how to take better care of ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.
The 4 Components of Mental Health Literacy
- Understanding how to optimize and maintain good mental health
- Understanding mental disorders and their treatments
- Decreasing stigma
- Enhancing help-seeking efficacy
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