Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

In support of the efforts to encourage safety, the County is observing Mental Health Awareness Month during May with a variety of “Do It Yourself” virtual games and social activities for family and friends.

Virtual social and interactive activity suggestions listed below will help participants to reduce their anxiety levels, build positive thoughts, and promote virtual social activities among family and friends.  

Please note these activities are in no way designed to substitute for the treatment of a licensed therapist.

Apply APPs 2 your Mental Health      

  Acknowledging and accepting feelings and thoughts.

Positive Psychology Exercises App helps users to focus on their positive experiences

DeStressMonday provides guided meditation and relaxation to help users relieve stress and avoid negativity.
 anxiety Insight Timer App is a free app for sleep, anxiety, and stress.

 

Mindshift provides support options for anxiety.

 

CPT Coach App is for Veterans, Service members, and others with PTSD who are participating in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with a professional mental healthcare provider.

 

 

Virtual Hope Box App is a multi-media coping skill app designed for individuals struggling with depression (particularly military service members).

 

  COVID-19 Hub Find the latest information about the Coronavirus and its impact on Fulton County, openings and closings. 


Do It Yourself

Virtual Games

All Scrabbled Up

all scrabbled up   

This game is a great way to relieve stress and cope with the pressures of being quarantined.

Create space in your home for a self-created scrabble game. While playing this game only use words that describe emotions associated with your mental health (for example: sad, lonely or happy). You may choose to add a new word daily to describe your emotions. You are a winner when you run out of words to describe how you are feeling.

 

Unmask the Mask

   

Participants should take a picture of themselves in their COVID-19 mask and post that picture using Fulton County Social Media platforms (Facebook/Instagram).  Along with the picture, individuals should post a one statement that expresses how they are coping during quarantine (unmasking their feelings). All individuals are encouraged to use the hashtag #unmaskthemask with their post.  Participants should take a picture of themselves in their COVID-19 mask and post that picture using Fulton County Social Media platforms (Facebook/Instagram).  Along with the picture, individuals should post a one statement that expresses how they are coping during quarantine (unmasking their feelings). All individuals are encouraged to use the hashtag #unmaskthemask with their post.  This a fun coping activity that encourages individuals to unmask their feelings although they are wearing a mask.

Crisis Coping Cards

crisis coping cards   

Participants need a pack of index cards and colorful markers. Participants will take 31 index cards and on each card write down their favorite quote, affirmation or point to combat negative self-talk. Participants will use the markers to make index cards colorful by drawing smiley faces or any type of artwork that will compliment affirmations or positive points written on each card.

Once all 31 cards are complete the deck is called,” Crisis Coping Cards.” Crisis Coping Cards should be used when moments of anxiety, depression, loneliness or negative self-talk manifest. The participant should pull a card out of the deck whenever those feelings surface to combat those emotions and read the card to themselves.

Additionally, Crisis Coping Cards prove beneficial when participants are speaking with their colleagues, friends or family members that may also be experiencing periods of coping with negative emotions. Participants can pull a card out of the deck whenever those feelings surface to combat those emotions and read the card to aloud to the individual. Crisis Coping Cards are an excellent way to add support to individuals that need an emotional boost.

Please note: There are 31 cards and one card may be read for every day of the month.

 

Virtual Tea Party

virtual tea party 

Participant(s) can host a tea party for their group of friends on any day they designate. Participants should introduce what type of tea they love to drink to their group and how that tea promotes their physical or mental well-being. Each member invited to participate in the tea party will do the same thing. The goal of this is to stimulate conversations about coping during COVID-19.

For example, lavender and chamomile tea promotes relaxation, sleep and reduces stress. The attendee might state,” I drink lavender and chamomile tea to reduce my stress levels as a result of watching the news and all of the panic that COVID-19 is causing.”

 

 

How to host a party:

  • Schedule a date and time that works for your tea party attendees.
  • Gather email address info from virtual attendees (your friends).
  • Be creative and develop a format for engaging attendees in conversation around coping. Start with asking attendees to discuss the type of herbal tea they are drinking and why that tea is their favorite and how that helps them to cope.
  • Coordinate tech logistics before- hand with your virtual attendees. You may use Apple’s group Facetime to connect virtually or Zoom. I recommend setting it up on a laptop since the audio and screen size make for a better experience. You can also use Skype or Google Hangouts.

Meme Comic Relief

meme comic relief 

Share your funniest meme via social media. This meme must be free of profanity and nudity. The purpose of this activity is to encourage laughter, which is one of the best ways to relieve stress and positively enhance mental health and well-being.

Behavioral Health Services for Adults
For Psychiatric & Nursing Service only, The Center for Health & Rehabilitation services available on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please call 404-730-9626 to schedule an appointment for medication refills or injections.
If you need to speak to a counselor for support between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, please call 470-230-0840. 
If you are in crisis, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225, help is available 24/7/365.

Behavioral Health Services for Children, Adolescents & Emerging Adults
For new and existing clients who are in need of counseling services via telehealth and/or telephone, please call 404-612-9339. If you are in crisis, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225, help is available 24/7/365.