Mental Health Awareness Month
What is Mental Health?
It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices!
"When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary."--Fred Rogers
What You Can Do this Mental Health Awareness Month!
- Take care of yourself: Life has its ups and downs! Some we are able to solve, but others not so much. When you are feeling, stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, reach out for help or do something you enjoy that will help you feel better. There are several important ways you can take care of yourself-- living a healthy lifestyle, practicing good hygiene, connecting with family/friends, and doing something you enjoy every day!
- Take care of your loved ones: Check up on your friends and family. Many times, all people need is a shoulder to cry on and/or an ear to listen. Show support and encouragement for your loved ones when they are struggling.
- Talk about mental health!: This is one of the BEST ways to celebrate Mental Health Awareness month! The more you talk about mental health, the more normalized it will become. Let's work together to remove the stigma against mental health and let others know it's OK not to be OK! There is treatment and support out there for those struggling with mental health.
Mental Health & Wellness
- Realize their full potential
- Cope with the stresses of everyday life
- Work productively
- Making meaningful contributions to their communities
How to maintain a positive mental health:
- Getting professional health if you need it
- Connecting with others
- Staying positive!
- Helping others
- Getting enough sleep
- Developing healthy coping skills such as: exercise, writing in a journal, listening to music, going for a walk, watching a movie, getting enough sleep, crying, coloring, playing a game...the list goes on and on!
REMEMBER: HAVING GOOD MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT ABOUT HAVING NO MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
How Parents Can Support their Students to Talk about Mental Health
2. Talking openly and regularly about mental health can support students to feel safe and more confident to talk about their own feelings.
3. It is important your student knows where to go to seek help! Provide them with information of mental health charities and helplines in case they want to reach out to somebody else for support.
4. Find the right time to engage in conversations about mental health. This may be 1 on 1 with the family.
5. Create a safe and nurturing environment where your student feels comfortable to come and talk to you when they feel the time is right.
6. A safe environment where a student feels as though they are feeling understood and listened to can help encourage them to speak out about their mental health.
7. Building mental health into everyday regular conversations can be useful. Whether that's checking in with your student or just asking how they are feeling, this can be useful for breaking down barriers!
Mindfulness doesn't have to be sitting in silence...
- Spend some time outside in nature
- Call someone you miss and reconnect
- Find joyful ways to get your body moving!
- Give your full attention to your meal...enjoy every bite!
- Listen to a song that you love!
- Take a deep breath
- Journal and write down your thoughts
- Get creative--draw, write, color, paint, build!
The Benefits of Mindfulness for Kids
1. Increased focus, attention, self-control, classroom participation and compassion
2. Improved academic performance, ability to resolve conflict, and overall well-being
3. Decreased levels of stress, depression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior
Books to Help Kids Understand their Emotional & Mental Health
To help start the conversation with your child about mental health, check out the list of books provided by the Child Mind Institute by clicking the link below!
You will find stories that address various mental health issues and learning disorders, as well as other common challenges like dealing with painful experiences and coping with strong emotions.
Mindfulness Word Search for Kids
Helpful Mindfulness Apps
Calm offers meditations, sleep stories, and music designed for children of all ages.
a mindfulness meditation app developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.
a mindfulness app with an easy-to-use interface that takes the seriousness and intimidation out of meditation
Hotlines & Crisis Services
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- National de Prevencion del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
- Bucks County Mental Health 24-hour Crisis: 1-800-499-7455
- Lenape Valley Mobile Crisis Intervention Services: 1-877-435-7709
- Lenape Valley Crisis Centers:
- Central Bucks area: 215-345-2273
- Lower Bucks area: 215-785-9765
- NAMI Helpline: 1-866-399-6264, 9:00am - 9:00pm; text NAMI to 741741 (24/7)
- St. Luke's Penn Foundation Crisis Line (Upper Bucks area): 215-257-6551
This Newsletter Is Brought to you by the Bucks County Student Assistance Program (SAP)
What is SAP?
In Pennsylvania, every school must have a Student Assistance Program (SAP). A SAP team is made up of trained professionals like administrators, school counselors, social workers, nurses and teachers, along with a SAP Counselor from an outside agency. The SAP team is here to help identify issues that may be interfering with students being successful in school.
How to Refer a Student to SAP:
If you are concerned for your student and want to see if the Student Assistance Program Team can help, please contact your student's school administrator or school counselor.
Please check out the video below to learn more about SAP and the SAP process!