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Take Care of Yourself So You Can Help Others

This is a video all about mental health resources. It is important to take care of your mental health whether or not you have a mental illness. You are no good to anyone if your mental health is poor, so take care of yourself so you can help others. Also, mental health is important when it comes to work and school. It helps you do better in both.

Here are the resources I mentioned in the video:

  • Kati Morton (Youtube page here): She is a mental health Youtuber and advocate. She has a website that is like social media for the mentally ill.
  • The Mighty: This website has really good information on mental health, mental illnesses and physical illnesses. You can look at over five hundred topics.
  • The warm line: 855-845-7415. It's not a hotline, it is a WARM line. It's for when you need someone to talk to when you are having a bad day.
  • NYC care: 888-692-9355. This is kind of like the warm line.
  • Suicide hotline: 1800-273-8255. Call this when you or someone else is feeling suicidal.
  • Lyf app: This is where you can post things you normally wouldn't post to social media.
  • Koko: This is a Facebook bot where you type your issues into the messenger app, the bot sends it to people anonymously, and you get responses. You can also help others.

Each of these resources is unique and helpful in their own way. I think they are all great, but some may work for you and some may not. Try them all out and see which ones you like best and help the most.

Some other helpful things you can do to maintain or improve your mental health:

  • Journaling: This will help you process your feelings and understand them better. Lyf app is great for this. They have "journeys" on lyf app and I have one up that I use for my journal. I like getting that instant feedback. If a notebook works better for you, then that's awesome, too.
  • Coloring: Get an adult coloring book, some pencils or crayons, and color away your stress. It is very relaxing and it can take your mind off things.
  • Watch something funny on Youtube or TV: Laughter does wonders for your mental health, and is a great distraction from whatever is distressing you.
  • Exercise: This is a great way to lift your mood because it sends chemicals to your brain that makes you happy. It's also really good for you in general.
  • H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired): Sometimes, when you are feeling out of sorts, it can be because you are feeling hungry, angry, lonely or tired. So, ask yourself if you have eaten enough, or if you're upset about anything, or if you're lonely, or if you got enough sleep. If you find that any of those things are applicable then eat, resolve the issue, reach out, or sleep.
  • Wise mind: We often think with our emotions or reason. Wise mind is when we use both to say something along the lines of, "I feel this way but is this logical?"

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of and you need to take care of yourself. Reach out to friends or family for support. If nothing I said works for you, that is OK. Do some research and experiment with doing things you love and find out what does work for you. Everyone is different.

Also be open. Talk about your issues because it will help fight the stigma. So, there you have it! I hope this was helpful.

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