Mental Health Minute

  • Take a minute to learn about your mental health and find ways to help yourself and others navigate through life's daily challenges. Get tips and insight on improving your own mental health and share what you have learned with those around you. 

  • Sleep and your mental health

    Sleep tips for your family's mental health: ​​​​​​Sleep has become a casualty of modern life. If you or your children are excessively sleepy or just don't feel well rested in the morning, what can you do about it? Fortunately, there are many things we can do to improve sleep as individuals, family members, and a community.

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  • Stinking Thinking

    Are you in the habit of treating your problems as epic failures? Do you know there is a name for it? Yes, it is called “Stinkin Thinkin.” We all go through challenging times in our lives, and the hypercritical, negative backtalk can become a routine way in which we scold ourselves for not living up to some expected norm. The truth is that all of us fail sometimes, but our failures do not have to define our entire existence. When we fail, it is an opportunity to look at our actions, rewire our thinking and do something about it. Wallowing in our self pity will only give us a temporary out, and then we have to sit up and face reality. Changing our pattern of thinking and behaving is crucial if we want to improve our situation.

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  • Coping With Stress & Caring for Mental Health During COVID-19

    During this difficult time, we are all experiencing stress in some form. This stress affects people in different ways. Take a moment to notice and accept your feelings. These are normal reactions to an abnormal situation. It is important to take time to care for our mental health during COVID-19 and other periods of heightened stress.

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  • Mindfulness

    Choosing to be nice to yourself and others in the present moment, and bringing an open awareness to all moments, whether those moments are pleasant, neutral, or maybe even unpleasant. Bringing to that awareness some curiosity and kindness, instead of judgement and criticism. You may be surprised at what you learn if you are curious and kind.

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  • Stress Management

    Learn all about stress and how to manage it. "The greatest weapon against stress is the ability to choose one thought over another" -William James

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  • You ARE NOT Your Thoughts

    Like waves in the ocean, thoughts are always passing through our minds, and can affect how we feel and what we do. But they are not “us”, and we are not our thoughts. Learning to be aware of our thoughts can allow us to respond with more choice instead of reacting in ways we may regret. Observing our thoughts gives us some distance to see how our thoughts make us feel. We can then choose to act in ways that bring us closer to the things and the people that are important to us.

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  • Self-Esteem

    A word from your Mental Health Coordinator on Self Esteem: Our self-esteem is shaped not only by our own perceptions and expectations, but also by the perceptions and expectations of significant people in our lives- how we are thought of and treated by parents, teachers and friends. The closer our perceived self (how we see our self) comes to our ideal self (how we would like to be), the higher our self-esteem.

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  • Depression

    Got 60 seconds? Take a mental health minute to learn about depression disorders.

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