Resources for Maintaining Your Mental Health

Resources for Maintaining Your Mental Health

People are experiencing stress and mental health challenges during the pandemic, and we are seeing people reaching out for help and prioritize emotional wellness. Taking care of your mental health is vital to being productive and present in our workplaces and homes.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT

Click on the following link: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools to be directed to the Mental Health America Screening 2S Supports page. This is an educational program intended to be used as a tool to explore your mental health needs and is a part of Mental Health America, formerly known as the National Mental Health Association.

If the results on the tool you take indicate that you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or are at increased risk, please consider setting up an appointment with an EAP counselor to discuss your results. Please call 716-681-4300 or submit a request here. A counselor can help you understand the results and provide options for care. Mental health conditions are real, common, treatable, and you do not have to navigate this alone.

If at any time you are having thoughts of harming yourself, please call the following: the main EAP number, 716-681-4300 to speak with an EAP counselor, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, or text “MHA” to 741-741 to talk to a trained counselor from the Crisis Text Line.


TOOLS FOR SELF CARE
  1. Address addictive behavior: people with addiction issues and even people who never had such issues are increasingly using alcohol and/or drugs to self-medicate or cope. Check out these Resources for Addressing Addictive Behavior
  1. Reinforce social connections: don’t socially distance – physically distance to stay safe, and keep in touch with the people you care about. Respect that everyone has different comfort levels regarding socialization – ask your loved ones about their comfort level and find ways to connect and respect the requests. Make use of all options open to you: outdoor hangouts, masking when close, developing pods, etc. Advocate for loved ones in nursing homes and at the local/state level to make sure they are getting the social connection they need.
  1. Acknowledge uncertainty: stay in the present as much as possible and acknowledge that you don’t (and won’t) have all the answers.
  1. Practice flexibility and kindness: listen and try to give the benefit of the doubt to family members (particularly adolescents) and colleagues. Be honest – no one has all the answers, so just communicate the best that you can!
  1. Communicate a sense of hope and unity: we will get through this together!

MEDITATION PLAYLIST: 15 MINUTE MEDITATIONS

EAP NEWSLETTERS AND MINDFUL MOMENTS

EAP WEBINARS

LOCAL RESOURCES

LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS SERVICES HOTLINES

  • Erie County: 716-834-3131
  • Chautauqua County: 1-800-724-046
  • Niagara County Crisis Services: (716) 695-23531
  • Monroe County Crisis Services: 1-800-338-6467

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES OF WNY

WALSH DUFFIELD: How to Manage Mental Wellbeing Through Crisis (webinar)

KARL SHALLOWHORN, SHALLOWHORN CONSULTING: Contact Karl directly at karl@shallowhornconsulting.com to discuss his e-book, Leadership through the Lens of the Twelve Steps (2020), available now on Amazon, the accompanying e-course and free webinar that he will be hosting September 24th at 12 noon.

ERIE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION (Committee to Assist Lawyers with Depression): peer support group that meets virtually every Tuesday and Friday at 12:30PM. Please contact BAEC Executive Assistant, Daniel Ortega, at dortega@eriebar.org for more information.


SELF CARE ASSESSMENTS

Below are links to tools and assessments that assess self-care as well as worksheets to develop a self-care routine. These worksheets and assessments are intended to be used as a tool to explore your self-care needs and are found to be best practices in the social work field. After completing the assessment and worksheet, and you feel like you need assistance with your self-care routine, please consider setting up an appointment with an EAP counselor to discuss your results. Please call 716-681-4300 or SUBMIT A REQUEST HERE. A counselor can help you understand the results and provide options for care.

If at any time you are having thoughts of harming yourself, please call the following: the main EAP number, 716-681-4300 to speak with an EAP counselor, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, or text “MHA” to 741-741 to talk to a trained counselor from the Crisis Text Line.

Self-care Assessments:

Emergency Self-care Worksheet:   http://socialwork.buffalo.edu/content/dam/socialwork/home/self-care-kit/emergency-self-care-worksheet.pdf

Maintenance Self-care Worksheet:  http://socialwork.buffalo.edu/content/dam/socialwork/home/self-care-kit/my-maintenance-self-care-worksheet.pdf

Maintenance Self-care Transcript: http://socialwork.buffalo.edu/content/dam/socialwork/home/self-care-kit/transcript-maintenance-self-care-worksheet.pdf


ONLINE RESOURCES

EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS

Please click on the calendars below for information on upcoming events at these agencies in the community.

Mental Health Advocates of WNY: Child and Family Group Schedules

Mental Health Advocates of WNY: Adult Group Schedules

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