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Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month

May 11, 2021 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

In May, the United States observes Mental Health Awareness Month — also referred to as Mental Health Month — to call attention to mental illness, support those who manage it, and learn about practical tools everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency.

Mental Health Action Day

While more people than ever before may be comfortable discussing mental health, there are still many who fall through the cracks in the space between awareness and action. That is why a coalition of nonprofits, brands and influential leaders are coming together to launch the first-ever Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 20 that will drive our culture from awareness to action. This moment will provide the tangible tools that will help us all take an action for ourselves, for our loved ones and for our community.

Ask the Mental Health Specialists

Stefanie Mills sits down with mental health specialists Larissa N. Niec Davila, Ph.D., and Sarah E. Domoff, Ph.D., on this episode of Ask the Specialist.

Kindness in the Classroom

The Kindness Curriculum is a free 24-lesson guide designed to help prekindergarten and kindergarten students attend to their emotions, self-regulate and care for themselves and others. Developed and researched by the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Kindness Curriculum has shown to have a positive impact on academic performance, peer relationships, and teacher-perceived social competence.

PBS Wisconsin and the Center for Healthy Minds teamed up to share more about the Kindness Curriculum through the video series Kindness in the ClassroomWatch the videos for an introduction to the foundational concepts of mindfulness in a classroom setting. Then, check out the additional resources to hear insights directly from teachers, and even practice mindfulness yourself!

Breathe Yoga for Kids

Breathe Yoga for Kids is a yoga routines for children aimed to keep them calm and focused.

PBS NewsHour: How This Psychologist Suggests We Manage COVID-19 Fears

As cancellations, closures and medical concerns within the U.S. and across the globe suspend our daily routines, fear and anxiety also rise. It’s difficult to avoid worrying, but it can be helpful to understand when fear is actually counterproductive to wellbeing. Jeffrey Brown talks to David DeSteno, a psychology professor at Northeastern University who studies periods of stress and trauma.

The Art Assignment: Art Therapize Yourself

What is art therapy? How can you use aspects of it in your next art encounter? Explore these questions at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art with art therapist Lauren Daugherty.

Quick Fit With Cassy: Clear Your Mind and Boost Your Energy

Cassy Vieth guides you through gentle warm-up exercises to get your blood pumping and create some energy to start your day. Adding movement helps clear your mind, improve your mood and increase your flexibility.

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