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What is mental health and why is it important?
Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/index.htm)
The Self-Care Handbook by
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2019-12-16
"Learn how to improve and maintain your health and wellbeing with a practical and achievable self-care guide."
My Health, My Choice, My Future
"This clip offers advice on how to live a healthy life. Maintaining good health is an important part of achieving your goals over your lifetime." [streaming video, 2 mins]
Provides a definition of self care, why it is important, and some free resources that can help.
Resources for practicing self care
Contains "questions and challenges as they relate to self-care during the current pandemic and atmosphere of national and international unrest" along with "best resources and plenty of useful information below."
Self care activities
Explores seven types of self care activities: sensory, pleasure, mental/mastery, spiritual, emotional, physical, and social.
Illustration by Maddison Green
Mental Health Resources King County
"We can answer questions about your current mental health services or help you find an agency that fits your needs."
Mental Health Resources from the Department of Health and Human Services
Contains detailed information about warning signs, how to talk about mental health, and resources for how to get help.
Mental Health Resources for People of Color
Collection of "resources that have been tailored to the mental health needs of various racial and ethnic groups."
Mental Health Resources from the Office on Women's Health
Contains reports, working groups/committees, and programs/activities that work to address negative mental health.
Mental health & wellbeing. Your own mental wellness
"This mental health and wellbeing training program details some of the conditions that signal good mental health and gives various tips and ideas on how you can improve your mental wellness." [streaming video, 4 mins]
Adventures in mental health
"A 25-minute animated short, features four whimsical and thoughtful episodes from the life of a long-time mental health counselor." [streaming video, 25 mins]
Maintaining mental health
"This program tells the stories of five vibrantly alive seniors who have successfully navigated through momentous life changes."[streaming video, 57 mins]
Racism & Mental Health Resources
"The only thing that will start to address the pain of racism is the end of white supremacy and the dismantling systems of oppression. But in the midst of this trauma, the wellbeing and mental health of Black, Indigenous, and other people of Color matter."