Everybody needs help, so why is it so hard to ask for it?
Asking for help, no matter how big or small the issue might be, is often hard to do. Reaching out is not a negative thing! We’re often taught to be self-reliant and independent, and some even think asking for help is a sign of weakness. It is actually a sign of incredible strength! It takes courage to reach out and say that you’re struggling, you’re unsure about something, or you just need a shoulder to cry on.
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Early intervention in mental health is increasingly recognized as one of the best opportunities to alter the trajectory of mental illness and to improve patient outcomes
Youth Mental Health Safety Training collaborates with adults who work with youth how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health challenges and substance abuse. The curriculum outlines an action plan involving arrival, assessment, and advocacy. Active listening is a large part of assessment, and the training guides participants how to be an active listener and respond in a validating way. Our staff and curriculum include evidence-based trauma-informed material that focus on wellbeing and substance abuse prevention education. The topics covered include:
The curriculum outlines an action plan (A.A.A., or Triple A Action Plan) that involves arrival, assessment, and advocacy. The curriculum guides adults through the steps and provides insight on how to handle certain situations. Each situation is different, and each student has different needs. Participants will be able to use the curriculum and tailor the action plan to each unique scenario.
There are things you can do in your daily life to practice self-care. These things fall into various wellness categories: social, environmental, intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, and occupational.
Social wellness involves having a strong support network, feeling connected to other people, and having a sense of belonging. Feeling isolated, lonely, or disconnected from others can lead to negative physical and mental health outcomes. Some ways you can practice self-care for your social wellbeing include:
Environmental wellness refers to being in a healthy environment, in terms of both the planet’s environment and the environment you find yourself in. Your surroundings can greatly impact how you feel, positively and negatively. Some ways you can practice self-care for the environment around you include:
Intellectual wellness is about learning new things and constantly expanding your knowledge. Being intellectually healthy can help you look at things in a new way, which can make an impact on your other areas of wellness. Some ways you can work on your intellectual wellbeing include:
Physical wellness involves eating a balanced diet, getting sufficient sleep, maintaining a healthy level of physical activity, and avoiding unhealthy practices. It can be hard to take care of yourself physically while still maintaining a positive relationship with your body. Respecting your physical wellbeing can look like:
Emotional wellness involves being able to cope effectively with difficult situations and maintain a sense of emotional regularity. Some ways to care for your emotional wellbeing include:
Spiritual wellness is about having a sense of purpose and meaning in life based on your personal beliefs and values. Some ways to practice self-care for your spiritual wellness include:
Financial wellness refers to being financially literate. It is not measured by your monetary worth, but rather influenced by your confidence to handle your own finances. Financial stress can be a heavy burden on people. Some ways to ensure your own financial wellness include:
Occupational wellness is involving yourself in work that you find fulfilling and validating. This applies to your job, volunteer work, and other activities. Some ways to build on your occupational wellness include:
Partners4Wellness staff are constantly researching, reading, and reviewing material to improve our practices. We have compiled some information that we found helpful, and you might too!