In Honor of World Mental Health Day
In honor of World Mental Health Day, I’m sharing previous posts and interviews I’ve done related to my own journey along with 5 strategies to manage your mental health and resources that offer support.
It seems that many people still see mental illness as a weakness and the people who experience it as broken or less than. I have developed incredible strength in my own experiences with my mental health, including great courage, resilience and perserverance. Last time I checked, those were really great qualities and important emotional intelligence skills.
My Journey with Mental Health
To learn more about my journey, feel free to read and listen to some of my previous posts and interviews.
- Learning to Breathe (blog)
- It’s All Right to Cry (blog)
- Interview about Anxiety and Mental Health in the Workplace, with Maureen Berkner Boyt, The Moxie Exchange and Everyday Inclusion
- Video for Mental Health Minnesota, Mental Health Awareness Month
5 Strategies for Coping
Recently, I had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale, 5 evidence-based practices for coping. While we need to focus on proactive, preventive mental health practices, this year has given us ample opportunity to practice our coping skills.
Listen to Dr. Santos share more about these strategies.
Talk About Your Mental Health and Ask for Help!
Experts agree that talking about how you’re feeling and what you’re experiencing is crucial to effective emotional regulation and asking for help is a SIGN OF STRENGTH! Make sure you have a support team of at least 1 person you can trust to listen with empathy and support you when you need it most.
You Are Not Alone. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition. So chances are you or someone you know has been affected. NAMI
Here are a few organizations that can support you as well:
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- Mental Health America
- Your company’s EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
Prioritize your mental health and make every day a mental health day. You deserve it!
Feel Well, Be Well. Do Well.
Kjirsten is CEO and Co-Founder of ConnectHuman, maker of Connection Zoo. Their mission is all about creating human connection that improves well-being and performance. Kjirsten consults, coaches, teaches and speaks on a variety of subjects and is also working with her son on their Connection Zoo brand; play-based social emotional learning products for kids and the adults that care for and support them.