In the year since COVID-19 disrupted daily life, mental health issues have skyrocketed. Often the most difficult action we can take in our mental health journey is the very first: contacting a friend for the first time, attending the first support group meeting, finding a therapist, or calling a support line. . It is time for all of us to take care of our emotional well-being in the same way we look after our physical health, before we reach a point of crisis.
Cultivate meaning and joy by fostering connections
Social support means having people to turn to in times of need or crisis to give you a bigger picture, a positive self-image, and other benefits. Social support improves physical and mental health, improves quality of life, and can provide a buffer against the damaging effects of stress and adverse life events.
Peer support: https://www.mentalhealthsf.org/peer-support-services/
Disease Management Support Group: https://www.beyondmybattle.org/support-groups
Volunteer website: https://www.laworks.com/opportunity-calendar
Self-compassion includes remembering that you are human (which means remembering that all humans suffer and are imperfect), accepting yourself in the present moment, and appreciating yourself not for your productivity, skill or beauty, but for your intrinsic worth.
Self-compassion exercises: https://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/
Fear and anxiety are associated with many mental health issues. About 20% of adults in the United States show symptoms of an anxiety disorder in any given year, and women tend to have these symptoms more often than men.
Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation application: https://www.calm.com/
Living with Uncertainty: https://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/field-placement/living-with-uncertainty/
Childhood anxiety: https://carescenter.ucla.edu/
Mindfulness of Gratitude & Savoring
Mindfulness means the practice of maintaining full awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences in the present moment without judgment. You can also use specific mindfulness techniques to intentionally add positive thoughts to your inner voice. It could increase the positive effects of mindfulness. Two examples are the practices of tasting and gratitude. Tasting and gratitude practices are associated with improved psychological well-being, including increased life satisfaction, mood, happiness, and positive emotions.
Gratitude Journal Apps:
The above information and links were provided by UCLA Health.
UCLA’s Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is one of the world’s leading centers for comprehensive patient care, research and education in mental health, developmental disorders and neurology. . The vision of Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is to meet the health care needs of the community, its patients and their families through excellence in neuropsychiatric and behavioral health research, education and service delivery. .
CalHOPE provides crisis support to communities affected by a national disaster. CalHOPE builds community resilience and helps people recover from disasters through free outreach, crisis counseling and support.
Pacific Clinics supports individuals and families at more than 50 sites across Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. With free, low-cost, sliding-scale services for children, youth, transitional youth, adults and seniors, they’re there for Southern Californians every step of the way. They pride themselves on delivering innovative, culturally and linguistically appropriate community programs, and their highly trained staff members reflect the communities they serve.
San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center
The San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. is dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals and families within the Greater San Fernando Valley community. This is achieved by providing effective and culturally appropriate therapeutic services based on the individualized needs, strengths and choices of each consumer. The programs serve infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and transitional youth diagnosed with severe emotional disorders, in addition to adults and seniors diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. The Center is committed to treating all consumers with dignity and improving their quality of life.
NAMI Westside LA
NAMI Westside Los Angeles offers free education programs as well as support, guidance and hope for the growing number of Angelenos affected by mental health issues.
Department of Mental Health Services for All California Counties
Each county’s Mental Health Plan (MHP) is responsible for providing or organizing the provision of Specialized Mental Health Services (SMHS) to Medi-Cal beneficiaries in their county. SMHS means that the impact of the recipient’s condition is severe enough that they need the services of a specialist rather than a general practitioner in the field of mental health.
The WHY WE RISE campaign is an ongoing Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health project, serving the 10 million people of LA County with education and prevention programs and providing health-related services. mental health to over 250,000 people each year, providing connection, hope, recovery and well-being. WE RISE events are calls to action, asking you to join a movement to break down barriers and challenge old assumptions about mental health and the many related social conditions that exacerbate problems and harm our communities.
The Trevor project
Access suicide prevention information and Trevor’s unique resources for LGBTQ youth.
TrevorLifeline: 866-488-7386 – 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for the LGBTQ youth community.
TrevorText: Text “START” to 678678 – 24/7 Crisis Support Services for LGBTQ Youth.
National Alliance of Action for Suicide Prevention
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) is the country’s public-private partnership for suicide prevention. The Action Alliance works with over 250 national partners to advance the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. Current priority areas include: transforming health systems, transforming communities and changing the conversation.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255) (offered in English and Spanish) – free, confidential support for people in distress or suicidal crisis.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI works to educate, advocate, listen and lead to improve the lives of people with mental illness and their loved ones.
Institute of the Spirit of the Child
The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national, non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families with mental health and learning disabilities. Our teams work every day to provide the highest standards of care, advance the science of brain development, and empower parents, professionals and policy makers to support children when and where they need it most.
Grab the awkward
Having a conversation about mental health can be uncomfortable, but it can make all the difference. Check out these tools – from phrasebooks to tips – that can help you help those in need.
The Jed Foundation
The transition to adulthood can bring great changes and intense challenges. The Jed Foundation (JED) gives teens and young adults the skills and support they need to become healthy and successful adults.
Crisis text line
Text 741741 – free, 24/7 for mental health support and crisis response via SMS.
add text “NATIVE” to 741741 so that the crisis text advisor is invited with an information sheet / advice on resources to help in tribal communities
add Text “STEVE” to 741741 so young people of color can be put in touch with a culturally trained and knowledgeable emergency counselor
800-985-5990 (multilingual) – free and confidential 24/7 hotline for people in emotional distress related to a natural or man-made disaster
(800) 604-5841 – a space for peer support, counseling, testimony and affirmation of lived experiences to those most affected by systematic oppression with an LGBTQ + Black Woman lens.
For BIPOC youth, young adults and families.
For the black community.
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