How to Support Positive Mental Health Right Now
Jack.org works toward promoting mental health awareness, providing essential resources, and establishing a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other.
Jack.org has put together helpful resources in response to our current-day world. From the information that Jack.org has provided, SNCDSB has gathered some helpful tips for supporting your mental health right now, supporting someone else, and staying socially connected!
- Adapt your self-care routines - Some of your self-care routines have been disrupted. Find a different way of doing things and try something new.
- Embrace the good - Take heart that health officials, governments are doing their best to slow the spread, and people all over are helping each other.
- Stay connected - Check in with the people you love and find ways to stay connected.
- It is ok to tune out - Take a break from updates if they are negatively affecting your mental health.
- Do some good-Think who in your life is vulnerable and try to help them out.
- Look out for the people you love - Don’t let talk of COVID-19 dominate your conversations. When checking in with friends and family ask them something else about their lives.
- Don’t forget to play - Use this extra time to play games, and try different activities.
- Practice Media Literacy - Stick to reliable sources for information. Avoid speculation and do not spread misinformation.
How to Support Someone Else
“Being there for someone is an art, not a science. There’s no formula or instruction manual because every situation is different” - Jack.org
According to Jack.org, there are 5 Golden Rules to learn how to support someone struggling with their mental health:
- Say what you see - Learn how to break the ice
- Show you care - How to build trust and support someone
- Hear them out - Learn how to be a good listener
- Know your role - Learn to set boundaries and protect yourself
- Connect to help - How to access professional and community resources
*Remember these are just tips* - Supporting someone means constantly educating yourself. To learn more, head to BeThere.org
Staying Socially Connected
According to Jack.org, Social Connection is fundamental to positive mental health. It improves sleep, coping with stress, and managing depression.
Here are some of the ways Jack.org is encouraging people to stay connected:
- Let people know you are there for them, even if they don’t want to chat in that moment.
- Schedule check-ins on many of the video platforms available.
- Share the good news! Spread some positivity!
- Lend a hand to your community and volunteer to help those who need it.
Click on this link for more: How to Stay Socially Connected
Jack.org offers daily self care classes.Self Care: A Class a Day
Here is a brief overview of activities happening daily! Check out Self Care: A Class a Day for more information on each session, the times, and how to access them!Source: jack.org/COVID
Our team of staff are always here to support you, regardless of the platform we need to use to get there.
- Tracy Bryson, Mental Health Lead - firstname.lastname@example.org or 807-228-3368 (call or text if needed)
- Kelli Adams for Marathon, Manitouwadge, and Terrace Bay - email@example.com
- Ophelia Amonsah for Nipigon, Red Rock and Schreiber - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mikayla Dawson for Geraldton, Longlac and Nakina - email@example.com
Please reach out if you are in need of assistance and be sure to check out our website for information on the amazing services that continue to be offered by our dedicated service providers.
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