Mental Health Month

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There are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency, regardless of the situations they are dealing with. Check out Mental Health America’s 2021 Mental Health Month Toolkit, #Tools2Thrive, to get started:

General Mental Health Data

  • Nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. [Source]
  • 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14. [Source]

Do you know your Tools2Thrive? 

Everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that can be used to improve mental health and increase resiliency. This May is Mental Health Month Anoka County is highlighting topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive as ways to boost the mental health and general wellness of you and your loved ones. For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally healthy will be unique.

Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health – and set yourself on the path to recovery.

Accepting Reality

Sometimes in life we end up in situations that we can't change. Radical acceptance is all about fully accepting your reality in situations that are beyond your control. Printable PDF Accepting Reality Handout

Adapting After Trauma and Stress

We all face trauma, adversity, and other stresses throughout our lives. Trauma of any kind can be hard on your mental health but working on becoming more resilient can help you feel more at ease. Printable PDF Adapting After Trauma and Stress

Prioritizing Self-Care

When we have a lot on our plates or we are facing mental health challenges, it can feel easy to push our own needs to the side. However, making time for ourselves is essential to our overall well-being. Printable PDF Prioritizing Self-Care Worksheet

Processing Big Changes

Change is a guaranteed part of life. It’s something everyone experiences at one point or another — good or bad. Sometimes that change happens in big ways when we aren’t expecting it or aren’t prepared for it.  Printable PDF Processing Big Changes Handout

Getting Out of Thinking Traps

It’s easy to fall into negative thinking patterns and spend time bullying yourself, dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future. Printable PDF Getting Out of Thinking Traps Handout

COVID-19 and Mental Health

While we are familiar with viruses like the common cold and the flu, COVID-19 is a new coronavirus and presents a situation that none of us could have imagined a few short months ago. The fact that this new virus is extremely contagious has resulted in business closures, social distancing, and quarantine measures that have disrupted our daily lives. It is more important now than ever to pay attention to mental health during this time of isolation and uncertainty. COVID-19 and Your Mental Health Infographic PDF

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