Mental Health Awareness Month
2021 Mental Health Awareness Month
Wellness includes having a positive purpose in life, satisfying work, play, joyful relationships, a healthy body, living environment, and happiness. To honor May as Mental Health Awareness Month, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will promote wellness activities to improve both mental and physical health!
Starting Monday, May 3, surveys will be available for the posted weekly activities, so bookmark this page and come back each week for your opportunity to win a great prizes! Prize winners will be selected at random. One entry per person per week.
Week 4, May 24-30: Traditional Activity
- Participate in one or more of your favorite traditional activities. Some activities you can do are:
– Learn to Make Akutaq Together
– Make an Indigenous Paper Plate Mask
- Fill out our survey for a chance to win one of three drum-making kits.
- Within the survey there is an opportunity to share a photo of your favorite traditional activity.
A sense of purpose and meaning in life adds to an individual’s wellness. Spirituality is about seeking a meaningful connection with something bigger than yourself, which can result in positive emotions, such as peace, awe, contentment, gratitude, and acceptance.
Traditional activities such as song, dance, and drumming are healing for Alaska Native and American Indian People. These activities create balance with our spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental wellness.Create your own user feedback survey
Wellness tip: Participating in traditional activities can enhance cultural identity, self-concept and increase self-esteem. These activities create connectedness to body, mind, spirit and community.
Week 3, May 17-23: Coloring
- Color a picture that you enjoy.
– Life in Color Coloring Book
– Strength Check-in
– Tangled Ball of Emotions
– Healthy Mandala
– Crossword Puzzle
- Complete our survey and be entered to win one of three sets of an LCD writing tablet, art set, Alaska coloring book and tote.
- Within the survey there is an opportunity to share a photo of your coloring.
What we will learn:
- Creating art helps increase our physical and mental wellness
- Creating art can grow a positive mindset
Setting aside time in your daily schedule to practice art helps develop our wellness. Writing, drawing, coloring, beading and sewing allows you to separate from stress, and meditate. Creating art decreases stress, anger, tension, and reduces anxiety and depression.
Wellness tip: Art helps develop a positive mindset and decreases stress, anger, tension, anxiety and depression.
Week 2, May 10-16: Thankfulness Jar
- Each day, write on a slip of paper one thing you are thankful for and place it into the jar. If you don’t have a jar, you can also make a box out of a sheet of paper!
– Cube Box Template
– Cube Box Instructions
– Heart Box Template
– Heart Box Instructions
- At the end of the week reflect on the things you are thankful for to develop an attitude of gratitude.
- Fill out our survey and be entered to win one of three sets of a passion planner, pop-open card and mindfulness journal.
- Within the survey there is an opportunity to share a photo of your decorated jar or a picture of what you were thankful for.
What we will learn:
- The benefits of good coping skills and satisfying relationships
- The benefits of practicing gratitude
Good coping skills and creating satisfying relationships are key activities for our own wellness. Being aware of our positive and negative feelings helps us learn and grow in relationships. Practicing gratitude, like thanking our Elders, is also important to develop our inner strength. Thinking about what we have helps us develop an attitude of gratitude.
Benefits of practicing gratitude:
- Decreases stress and anxiety
- Increases happiness
- Increases optimism
- Makes us more resilient
- Improves sleep
- Makes us more socially intelligent
- Strengthens relationships
- Makes us kinder
- Makes us feel love
Wellness tip: Growing our inner strength and knowing about our positive and negative feelings helps us to learn from our experiences. Remembering what is good in life and what brings us joy allows us to develop an attitude of gratitude.
Week 1, May 3-9: Scavenger Hunt
- Find items on Indoor or Outdoor Scavenger Hunt document
– Indoor Fitness Scavenger Hunt
– Outdoor Sensory Scavenger Hunt
- Fill out our survey below for a chance to win one of three sets of earbuds and a Fitbit.
- Within the survey there is an opportunity to share a photo of your favorite item found!
What we will learn:
- Being physically active everyday increases our ability to build mental wellness.
- Hands on problem-solving activities can exercise the mind and body.
Exercise types: Different types of exercise benefit our physical and mental wellness. Combining aerobic exercise, like walking, and strength training, like stacking wood, for 20 or 30 minutes a day helps build good health and mood.
Physical benefits: Lowers risk for stroke, colon cancer, diabetes, prevents heart disease, high blood pressure, boosts your immune system, and improves sleep and energy.
Mental benefits: Increases sense of well-being, and decreases stress, anger, anxiety and depression.
Physical activity, eating healthy foods and sleep helps keep us healthy and increase our physical and mental wellness.
Wellness tip: Combining different types of exercise for 20 or 30 minutes a day helps build good health and mood. Physical activity, eating nutritious foods, and sleep helps keep us healthy and increase our physical and mental wellness. Hands-on, problem-solving activities can exercise the mind and body. Get moving and join in the hunt for wellness today!
If you or someone you know needs a mental health support, please call the Alaska Statewide Careline at 1-877-266-HELP (4357) 24/7, or text 4HELP to 839863 Tuesday-Saturday from 3pm-11pm.