University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
Mental Health Awareness Month

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has resources to help
you learn more about mental health and many ways to get involved.
Image by Annalise Batista from Pixabay

We want to hear your good news!
University Personnel would like to highlight employee good news in our Well-being Wednesday newsletters. Please share your stories with us, send us photos of an activity you participated in, share "words of wisdom" from your kids, tell us what's been helping you cope through the shelter-in-place. During these trying times it's important to find the good in things. Your stories can help us all do that.

Not sure what to share? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • How are you balancing your time between work and home life?
  • How have you been staying active?
  • A big project that you procrastinated doing for months & finally finished. 
  • Something your kids have been involved in.
  • A new volunteer opportunity; a new hobby.
  • You welcomed a new baby, got engaged, got married, or other life event.
  • An act of kindness that someone did for you or you did for someone else,
Your mental health and well-being
The Center for Workplace Mental Health, part of The American Psychiatric Association Foundation, offers practical tips to take care of our mental health and well-being. "Now more than ever, we all must take care of our mental health and well-being. As we protect ourselves against potential exposure to the coronavirus, keep in mind that social distancing does not mean social isolation."
  • Keep a regular schedule
  • Stay connected
  • Keep your immune system strong
  • Prioritize personal hygiene and limit contact with others
  • Exercise and stay active
  • Get fresh air
  • Stay informed
  • Limit media consumption
  • Set boundaries on work schedule
  • Distract and redirect
  • Get creative to stay connected
More on these and other tips can be found on The American Psychiatric Association Foundation website.
Find your words: How to talk about mental health with a child
Right now is a crucial time to check in on the mental health of the young people in our lives. It’s important for young people to hear that anxiety, stress, and negative emotions are completely normal — particularly in times of crisis. They also need to hear that there’s always hope. In fact, just one positive, nurturing relationship with an adult can help kids fight the effects of trauma.

“More and more teens are aware of mental health as a real issue they face in their daily lives,” says Michael Torres, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Kaiser Permanente Mental Health and Wellness Center in San Leandro, California. “It’s vital that all of us who support young people are equipped to talk about mental health issues.”

Are you ready to talk about mental health with a child or teen in your life? You can start making a difference in a young person’s mental health in 3 key ways: Take care. Talk often. Act early.
Looking for a fun activity that helps spread joy?
Look no further than The Kindness Rocks Project TM.
The Kindness Rocks ProjectTM, now a national movement, was created by Megan Murphy. You can learn more by listening to a recent podcast about the project.

Their mission is simple: One message at just the right moment can change someone's entire day, outlook, life.

Visit the website to learn how to join a group, order supplies, and more.
The Kindness Rocks Project
Last Updated Aug 31, 2022