VPPPA has partnered with the experts at MindWise Innovations to present a monthly article addressing issues and questions that members might be hesitant to ask about. These columns will address your concerns about mental health, substance abuse, brain injuries, family issues, and more.
By: Nicole Scherr, MindWise Innovations
Your life is rooted in the digital world, and it’s time to bring your mental health game there, too. For Mental Health Awareness Month, our staff has curated a knowledge base of our most-loved digital mental health resources: apps, blog posts, podcasts, and more to bring help bring meaningful and mindful mental health support systems to your fingertips.
Featured Resource: Zillion’s RestoreResilience
Okay, we’re a little biased – but only because we know how great our partner Zillion’s RestoreResilience program truly is. RestoreResilience is an always-available support program that focuses on stress and anxiety, with additional health content in the areas of sleep, nutrition, and exercise. Through personalized 1:1 coaching and an easy-to-use mobile app, members learn how to cultivate positivity, remain present in their daily life, manage emotional or mindless eating, and more. There’s truly no better resource for your wellbeing than one that is personalized for you. Learn more about RestoreResilience here.
Our Favorite Blog Posts for Mental Health Month
The E’s/Ease of a Positive Work Environment
What makes a workplace a good place to work? Check out this blog post to learn how leading using a framework of Safety, Predictability, and Control can help create an office culture of encouragement, empathy, and empowerment.
How to Say the Right Thing to Someone Struggling
Whether it’s a friend or colleague, family member or employee, finding the right words to say to someone struggling with their behavioral health may seem challenging. Focus on the emotion behind your words – acknowledging what someone is feeling and showing that you care can make a tremendous difference. Learn more about what to say – and not to say – to someone experiencing depression and other mental health conditions here.
Greening your Behavioral Health
Looking for creative ways to improve your well-being, promote resiliency, and practice self-care? Spend twenty minutes outside in nature to help reduce stress hormone levels. Or if you’re unable to experience the outdoors firsthand, try WindowSwap to travel somewhere new without leaving your home or office. Learn more about the potential of “eco-therapy” in this blog post.
Behavioral Health in Tech: The Unintended Impact of a Risk-Taking Culture
For employers, the key to encouraging whole body well-being – physical and behavioral health and resiliency to respond to stressors affecting both – is fostering a culture of psychological safety. Using the tech industry as an example, this blog post looks at why businesses should invest in employees’ mental health, what signs indicate that a team members needs support, and how psychological safety can help.
Behavioral Health at Any Age: No One Needs to Struggle Alone
Older adults struggling with their behavioral health often go undiagnosed. The myth that developing depression or other mental health conditions is a normal, inevitable part of aging is compounded by a failure to recognize some symptoms of mental illness that are unique to older adults; taken together this leads to a “treatment gap.” Learn more in this MindWise guest blog for Healthy Minds Philly.
Mood Tracking and Journaling Apps
Positive Thinking Apps
Mindful Focus Apps
- The Positive Psychology Podcast: for nuggets of positivity and happiness psychology
- This Podcast is Self Care: for your self-care practice
- 10% Happier with Dan Harris and Meditation Minis: for newcomers to meditation
- How to Fail with Elizabeth Day: for dealing with failure
- Happy Place: for diverse perspectives on happiness
Positive Social Media Accounts