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Mental Health Tips

Use healthy coping skills to help overcome challenges

  • Utilize breathing exercises, visualization, and other mindfulness activities.

  • Explore creative outlets, such as music, drawing, or writing

  • Engage in movement, including yoga and dance.

  • Seek outdoor activities in nature.

  • Reach out to trusted friends and mentors.

  • Set a more structured schedule.

Mind-body wellness; physical well-being

  • Get enough rest and sleep (8-10 hours daily).

  • Have a “technology curfew”; limit screen time.

  • Exercise and eat a balanced diet.

Open and positive communication; social well-being

  • Talk about what is troubling you with a trusted adult.

  • Know how to seek assistance when struggling or confused and unsure.

Identify and understand your feelings; psychological well-being

  • When feeling angry, worried or troubled, discuss your feelings with a parent, another trusted adult, or a trusted friend.

  • Teachers, counselors and coaches are examples of adults who can help.

Set goals for physical, social, and psychological well-being

  • Develop SMART goals for the future to help you stay focused on things that really matter. This can help you put day-to-day problems into perspective.


Abstain from substance abuse

Get involved in your school and community, social well-being

  • Inquire about a club, group or sports team that your school sponsors that you could join and be a part of.

  • Find out how you can volunteer in your community

Make positive and healthy decisions

  • Be able to problem solve using the healthy decision making model and resolve any conflicts.

  • Understand consequences of actions and be able to reflect on decisions made

Know where and who you can go to for support

  • Be familiar with support staff at your school, and know how to access information about available resources in your community.

  • Identify trusted adults at home and at school that you can seek guidance and support from.

Be Kind

  • Promote positive behaviors such as respect, responsibility, and kindness around you in common areas, such as hallways, cafeterias, locker rooms, and playgrounds.

  • Prevent negative behaviors such as bullying and harassment.

  • Work together with peers to stand up to a bully, encourage them to reach out to lonely or excluded peers, promote acts of kindness, and seek the availability of adult support.

Express love and gratitude to others

  • Praise should always occur more frequently than criticism.

  • Positive emotions help to buffer students from mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

  • Telling a friend that you care and one positive thing about them can make someone’s day!

Get to know your school counselor 

  • Do you know who your school counselor is? Find time to say hello and get to know who he/she is.

  • Do you like helping people? Maybe school counseling could be a career for you! Get to know what school counselors do.

Learn how to do something well

  • Becoming good at a task can help build positive self-esteem.

  • Anyone can become good with at least one activity. It could be learning an instrument, doing well in school, playing a sport, and/or helping others.

  • Each of us has hidden talents. Find out what you can excel in!

Get Connected!

  • Build positive relationships with those around you.

  • Avoid people who bring you down.

  • Seek support and guidance from those you trust and feel valued by.

Be Optimistic in the face of difficulty!

  • Seek help if you need it.

  • Work together to solve problems

  • Avoid the blame-game; it interferes with problem-solving.

  • Work with people’s strengths rather than focusing on their weaknesses

Get fit!

  • Good physical health prepares the body and mind to be more resilient.

  • Healthy eating habits, regular exercise and adequate sleep protect kids against the stress of tough situations.

Regular exercise also decreases negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, and depression.


Think positive!

  • Modeling positive attitudes and positive emotions is very important.

  • Using a “can do” problem-solving approach to problems can empower you and give you a sense of promise.

Encourage helping others.

  • Know that you can make a difference. Pro-social behaviors build self- esteem, foster connectedness, reinforce personal responsibility, and present opportunities for positive recognition

  • Helping others and getting involved reinforces being part of the community.

Express gratitude to others

  • Emotions are contagious. Express gratitude to your parents, siblings, families, friends, neighbors, and strangers.

  • Say thank you when someone helps or does something nice for you.

  • Share with others something for which you are grateful.

Express gratitude to yourself

  • Keep a “Good Stuff” journal - write down positive things that happen and share

  • Why this good thing happened;

  • What this good thing means to you;

  • What you can do tomorrow to enable more of this good thing.

  • What you learned from taking the time to name this good thing; and

  • What ways you or others contribute to this good thing.

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  • Set goals.

  • Identify action steps.

  • Communicate need.

  • Engage in discussions to help create the connections.