Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During the month of May, ASBC joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year efforts are made to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
Add to your tools by creating/ updating your Mental Health Action Plan. Following this link for steps:
Jorge Wallace, LPC
Sr. Mental Health Clinician
Alfred Street Baptist Church
Office of Christian Care and Counseling
In tough situations, the main thing to be mindful of is our nervous system. This is what controls our breathing, movements, thoughts and automatic responses. You can do this by recognizing when you are getting worked up, using mindfulness (breathing, meditating, focusing, reciting scripture, prayer and positive thinking) to help navigate the situation, and actively seeking out moments to pause in order to help integrate information and bring the emotion down a notch.
“Humanizing the other person requires the humility and empathy to step outside of your own story and consider other perspectives.” www.mindful.org
When we find ways to naturally take a breath, a break and a beat to stop and pause in order to deactivate and regroup- it makes it easier to navigate in difficult moments. We find it easier to listen, hear, engage clearly and offer proper and appropriate responses. https://www.alfredstreet.org/selah/
Aim to find your balance first and follow with a regiment that includes rest, food, fresh air, sunshine and time spent meditating, talking with and listening to God.
This helps tool helps us consider the most important aspects of a complicated circumstance so that we can better prepare our response versus an emotional reaction. This also helps us focus more on what we can agree on compared to what we cannot.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Need immediate mental health support? Get help three ways:
NAMI Crisis Text Line Support: Text HOME to 741741 24/7
SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1 800 662- HELP (4357)
NAMI’s Chat Support: https://nami.org/help
Alexandria Emergency Mental Health Services: 703-746-340
Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how you are doing!
NOTE: due to an overwhelming response, counseling requests are being wait-listed and answered in order received. Contacting your insurance provider, employer provided employee assistance program team or EAP team or larger platforms like Better Help or Thrive works may be a better option for an immediate request.