Mental Health Moments

February 22, 2024

Mental Health Moments: Positive Friends - Malaika Hale LPS Youth Advocate AHS Class of 2022 (full text under the image)

Mental Health Moment: POSITIVE FRIENDS
Malaika Hale, LPS Youth Advocate, AHS Class of 2022

Did you know?
Friendships Make You Happier! A Harvard study shows that "relationships are the number one key indicator of joy and happiness." Furthermore, loneliness has been closely linked to early death as smoking or alcoholism. (tinyurl.com/Friends-Important)

Your Challenge
Plan a hangout with your friends this week. It could be as simple as lunch together or something more complex like a movie night over the weekend.

Mental Health Moment
Find a mindfulness or meditation podcast and spend some time listening to it while focusing on deep breathing. QR Code to a Spotify playlist (above) or go to https://tinyurl/com/5fy5xs4h.

February 8, 2024

Mental Health Moments: Family Support - Malaika Hale LPS Youth Advocate AHS Class of 2022 (full text under the image)

Mental Health Moment: FAMILY SUPPORT
Malaika Hale, LPS Youth Advocate, AHS Class of 2022

Did you know?
Family support can help individuals develop self-esteem, confidence and hope which are essential elements of positive mental health. In addition, family support can help reduce feelings of isolation and helplessness, which are common experiences for individuals with mental health issues. (https://aneweratms.com/the-role-of-family-support-in-mental-health-recovery/#:~:text=Family%20can%20provide%20a,elements%20of%20mental%20helath%20recovery)

Your Challenge
Let someone in your family (chosen family or relative) know that you are grateful for them. Tell them something specific they have done for you that you appreciate.

Mental Health Moment
If you're feeling particularly down, try saying "bubbles" in the angriest voice you can. It never fails to make me giggle.

January 25, 2024

Mental Health Moments: Generosity - Malaika Hale LPS Youth Advocate AHS Class of 2022 (full text under the image)

Mental Health Moment: GENEROSITY
Malaika Hale, LPS Youth Advocate, AHS Class of 2022

Did you know?
A 1983 study showed that giving to others results in less stress and pressure on the heart which can reduce the risk of heart attacks. (https://wheelsforwishes.org/news/5-facts-you-didn-t-know-about-giving/)

Your Challenge
Donate to a local charity! Ideas: Goodwill/thrift stores, food banks, Little Free Pantry, etc.

Mental Health Moment
Square Breathing: Inhale for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, exhale for 4 counts, repeat with counts of 3, then 2, then 1.

January 17, 2024

Mental Health Moments: Mentors - Malaika Hale LPS Youth Advocate AHS Class of 2022 (full text under the image)

Mental Health Moment: MENTORS
Malaika Hale, LPS Youth Advocate, AHS Class of 2022

Did you know?
87% of mentors and mentees feel empowered by their mentoring relationships and have developed greater confidence (https://mentorloop.com/blog/mentoring-statistics/)

Your Challenge
Find something you have in common with at least 2 different adults in your buiilding

Mental Health Moment
Practice calming strategies such as coloring, reading, going outside, breathing techniques, being with friends, etc.

January 12, 2024

Mental Health Moments: An Introduction - Malaika Hale LPS Youth Advocate AHS Class of 2022 (full text under the image)

Mental Health Moment: AN INTRODUCTION
Malaika Hale, LPS Youth Advocate, AHS Class of 2022

Introduction
Hi! My name is Malaika and I graduated from Arapahoe in 2022. Now I work for LPS as a Youth Mental Health Advocate. I have created Mental Health Moments that will be posted on your school's Instagram. These MHMs will include a fun fact, a challenge, and a mental health exercise for you to try. My hope is that these Mental Health Moments will help you stay healthy and supported all year long. <3

Your Challenge
Each day for a week, come up with one thing you are excited for this semester. You should have 7 things by the end of the week.

Mental Health Moment
Take a moment to ground yourself. Sit down in a chair and set your feet on the floor. Spread your toes and push through your heels and balls of your feet. Feel the solid ground beneath you sending strength through your feet, ankles, knees, and upwards through your whole body.