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Mental Health Month

Tools & Resources to Share Your Story

#CareToShare During #MentalHealthMonth

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Post with your story about how you help others during May Mental Health Month using the hashtags #CareToShare and #MentalHealthMonth, as well as the above sharable image.

Here are a few examples of what to include with your post:

SAMPLE 1: A counselor can help with fitness. I help clients better understand and explore the connection between mental health and fitness and nutrition. I #CareToShare During #MentalHealthMonth!

SAMPLE 2: As a counselor, I help motivate clients to change behavior patterns to include physical activity, which can help with depression and anxiety. I #CareToShare the journey toward better mental health, during #MentalHealthMonth.

Educational Resources & Information

Find a Counselor
Take the first step to find a counselor in your area in our Therapy Directory. And remember, professional counseling is a relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to achieve mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

Counseling Today
Find news and in-depth features about the world of professional counseling: effective techniques/strategies, federal/state regulation, developments in the profession, counselor wellness and counseling resources. Select articles are available on Counseling Today Online; feature articles are members-only. Select articles on stress, anxiety, depression, self-care, fitness & nutrition related to mental health month include:

Stress:

  • The messy reality of perfectionism
    Counseling Today
    The pursuit of perfection becomes problematic when people won’t grant themselves permission to make mistakes and instead cede total command to their self-critical voice.
  • Worrying for a living
    Counseling Today
    Workplace pressure has become so prevalent that both the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health consider job stress to be a significant risk to public health.

Anxiety:

  • Living with anxiety
    Counseling Today
    Anxiety occasionally pays a visit to everyone, but for millions of people, it is a constant companion that can negatively affect every facet of life unless they learn techniques to manage it.
  • When panic attacks
    Counseling Today
    When attempting to address panic attacks or panic disorder, counselors and clients must come to accept that avoidance is not the answer.

Depression: 

  • Treating depression and anxiety
    Counseling Today
    According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 25 percent of U.S. adults struggle with depression, anxiety or some combination of both. In any given year, approximately 6.9 percent of American adults — about 16 million people — live with depression. Approximately 18.1 percent — about 42 million — live with anxiety.
  • A light in the darkness
    Counseling Today
    For those who struggle with seasonal depression, winter can seem dark and endless, but counselors can encourage coping strategies that provide hope for brighter days ahead.

Self-care: 

  • Self-care for the activist counselor
    Counseling Today
    Counselors who advocate for social change are hard-wired to serve, but they cannot continue to serve well unless they are diligent in practicing good self-care strategies.
  • Wellness matters
    Counseling Today
    Increasing counselors’ awareness of their current wellness states is an essential component in healing, maintaining wellness and promoting wellness in others.
  • The hurting counselor
    Counseling Today
    The pain of personal crisis can shatter counselors’ sense of professional competence, especially if they haven’t invested enough time developing strong self-care habits.
  • Stumbling blocks to counselor self-care
    Counseling Today
    All counselors need to regularly engage in a healthy self-care routine to help mitigate the very real risk of burnout.

Fitness & Nutrition: 

  • When Brain Meets Body
    Counseling Today
    It is becoming more and more evident that mental and physical conditions are often intimately related, and counselors are increasingly focusing on these connections to better serve their clients.

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May is Mental Health Month, so RELAX with ACA's #MentalHealthMonth Relaxation Spotify Playlist.
To start listening to these counselor curated tunes click play below, or click here.

 

Want MORE tunes? Check out ACA's #MentalHealthMonth "All The Feels" Spotify Playlist for an extended playlist that will get you all in the feels.

 

Relax... with the ACA #MentalHealthMonth Crossword Puzzle!

Did you know research shows that crossword puzzles improve memory and brain functions? Keep your brain fit with the ACA #MentalHealthMonth Crossword Puzzle. Download, print, and fill-out the PDF. Click here to get started. Once you’ve completed the brain exercise, you can check out the answer key to see how well you’ve done. Good luck! 

#CareToShare During #MentalHealthMonth

Tools and Resources

Your Diet, Your Physical Fitness and Your Mental Health?
Counseling Corner

Consistently eat a poor diet and you're most likely going to look bad and feel bad. That's probably not news to most people. But how much your food choices affect your mental health may not be something of which you're really aware. While it's easy to understand how eating several donuts a day may be swelling that waistline, it may not be as easy to see how it is affecting your mental health, even contributing to something as serious as depression.

Time To Stop Making "No Time For Exercise" Excuses
Counseling Corner
Looking for better mental health? A good starting point is to begin working toward better physical health and for most of us that means getting ourselves into better shape. The busy lifestyle most of us have can make it easy to find excuses rather than find time to get some exercise. But learning to stop making excuses about exercise can have you looking and feeling better, being healthier and yes, having better mental health as well.

Stress Eating And Your Waistline
Counseling Corner
If we let ourselves get out of shape and a bit overweight, most of us have lots of good excuses as to why it happened. Yes, we're busy, don't have time for the gym, have to eat out too often... the list can be long and varied. But one factor that's often overlooked is stress eating. Recognizing how stress in your life can affect you physically, especially your waistline, can help take you to better health.

Let's Get Your Mind Back In Shape
Counseling Corner
Many of us don't make much of a connection between our physical fitness and our mental health, but the experts tell us we should. Our physical health and fitness can play a big part in making us feel better about ourselves. Just as we can schedule activities to make ourselves more physically fit, we can also take positive actions to improve our mental fitness as well.

Take Your Stress For A Walk In The Woods
Counseling Corner
One of the most common mental health issues that we face today is simple stress. In most of our lives there can be any number of things that leave us feeling anxious and stressed. While there may not be any magic way to make that stress all just disappear, there are things we can do, including being more physically active, that can help counter that daily stress.

Journal Articles

Outdoor Behavioral Health Care: A Longitudinal Assessment of Young Adult Outcomes

Counseling for Wellness With Older Adults

Determining the Effectiveness of an Alcohol Intervention Program With Greek College Students

Counselors Within the Chronic Care Model: Supporting Weight Management