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Book Lists: Health And Wellness

 

"Good Mental Health is the ability to enjoy the good things in life and cope with the difficult things. It's the ability to adapt and change. And to balance stress and relaxation...being able to deal with things and still take care of yourself and your relationships."

"Mental illness and mental disorder are terms often used to describe when a person's thoughts and feelings are messed up to the point that it is difficult for them to function in regular life....symptoms are usually serious enough that the person has difficulty taking care of themselves or relating to others....many mental health issues are temporary and resolve with time and good self-care."

-excerpts from Melanie Siebert's book Heads Up (link below)

Understanding Mental Health

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Teens & Young Adults

Middle Ages

Children (8 & under)

At the end of each of the I AM books, there are how to instructions on wellness exercises that relate to the topic.

For Parents

These informative picture books have helpful tips in the back with simple relaxation exercises and how to practice as a family.

Resources

It's OK to not be OK....need help immediately? Dial 911 for the emergency response line.

If you're in a crisis but don't want to call 911, you can...

*contact your doctor's office and ask for an emergency appointment.

*call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1-800-273-8255.

If you're looking for advice or support, here are some organizations that are there to help...

*2NDFLOOR: Youth Helpline. 888-222-2228 *call or text* or post on the Message Board 

*AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIARY - AACAP (202)966-7300. A non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating psychiatric care for children and teenagers through advocacy, education, and research. The site contains information about different mental health issues, along with a psychiatrist finder, so you can find support in your area.

*Child Mind Institute | Transforming Children's Lives. A charity committed to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Their website contains a symptom checker tool and an Ask the expert page. There is also a wealth of information for concerned caregivers.

*Domestic Violence Support Hotline. 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

*The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families. 1-866-775-5683

*NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. 1-800-950-6264

*National Eating Disorders Association. Crisis text line: text "neda" to 741741 * 1-800-931-2237.

*GLNH.ORG. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline. 1-888-the-GLNH (843-4564)

*Gender Spectrum Homepage. A charity that provides useful resources for trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive youths. It also hosts free online group chats to facilitate support and connection.

*Live Through This. Live Through This is a series of portraits and true stories of suicide attempt survivors. Its mission is to change public attitudes about suicide for the better; to reduce prejudice and discrimination against attempt survivors; to provide comfort to those experiencing suicidality by letting them know that they’re not alone and tomorrow is possible; to give insight to those who have trouble understanding suicidality, and catharsis to those who have lost a loved one; and to be used as a teaching tool for clinicians in training, or anyone else who might benefit from a deeper understanding of first-person experiences with suicide.

*The Looking Glass Foundation. The Looking Glass Foundation strives to support individuals struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating. We offer innovative and accessible programs and services that decrease isolation, instill hope, and sustain recovery for individuals on their road to recovery.

*NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. A grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness, providing support and education for those in need. 1-800-950-6264 * text "NAMI" to 741-741 *

*National Runaway Safeline. 1-800-RUNAWAY(786-2929)

*Planned Parenthood. 1-800-230-PLAN (7526)  Sex Facts & Myths For Teens

*Safe Alternatives - S.A.F.E. Alternatives. 1-800-DONT-CUT (366-8288)

*Self-Injury Outreach and Support. As part of a collaboration between the University of Guelph and McGill University, we are a non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help.

*RAINN | Sexual Assault Hotline. 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

*Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

*Teen Line | Teens Support hotline. A confidential teen-to-teen hotline that operates every evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST. 1-800-852-8336 * text "TEEN" to 839-863 *

*Teen Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

*The Trevor Project | For Young LGBTQ Lives. A confidential, 24-hour crisis support hotline for LGBTQ+ people under the age of 25. 1-866-488-7386 * text "START" to 678-678 *

In addition to seeking out professional help, you can ask supportive, reliable, confident friends & family members to...

HELP YOU STAY POSITIVE.  HELP GET YOUR CHORES DONE.

LISTEN WHEN YOU NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO.  PRAISE YOUR PROGRESS.

HELP YOU CREATE AND MANAGE A SCHEDULE.  REMIND YOU THAT YOU WILL FEEL BETTER SOMEDAY.

REMIND YOU THAT OTHER PEOPLE STRUGGLE TOO.  WAKE UP ON TIME - NO SNOOZING!

MOTIVATE YOU TO FINISH YOUR HOMEWORK ON TIME.  GO FOR A WALK WITH YOU.

MAKE YOU LAUGH.    MAKE DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS WITH/FOR YOU.

GIVE YOU PEP TALKS AND TELL YOU THAT YOU'RE GREAT!

 

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