Mental Health Awareness Month 2019
After completing a weekly activity, fill out an online survey and tell us about your experience to be entered to win one of several gift cards in a June 10 drawing, here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HWCM7H5
24/7 Alaska Statewide Careline 1-877-266-HELP (4357) or text 4HELP to 839863
April 28 – May 4: Companion Animals
Growing evidence shows that animal companions might have the same effect on an individual’s health as exercise and meditation.
Animal Companionship Activity: Spend 15 mindful minutes with your or a friend’s pet.
Opening Ceremony | Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 | Alaska Native Medical Center hospital conference room 2
Ceremonial opening for Mental Health Awareness Month with traditional blessing, Alaska Native singing, dancing, and drumming with a lunchtime potluck.
Animal Companionship Informational Fair | Noon-2 p.m. Friday, May 3 |Alaska Native Medical Center hospital conference room 2
Take time out of your busy day to enjoy the company of K-9’s and their handlers. Gather information on The National Crisis Response Canines, Therapy and Service Pet organizations, and other pet resources within Alaska. Learn how animal companion relationships can influence social, emotional, and physical well-being for all. In addition, learn how to create a relationship with a pet, the benefits of having a pet, adopting a pet, and how to add a pet to the home. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
May 5-11: Work/Life Balance
Balancing our work and home lives can lead to happiness, increased productivity, fewer sick days and increased stays at our jobs.
Work/Life Balance Activity: Do not skip meals, take a 30 minute walk, or take small breaks throughout the day to clear your head.
Tell Your Heart Story | 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9 | Consortium Office Building (4000 Ambassador Drive) conference room 1 and 2
Focus on personal and cultural strengths, empowerment and resilience. These are cultural values we often share through stories from our hearts. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
May 12-18: Recreation/Social Connections
We are social beings and crave feeling supported, valued and connected.
Recreation/Social Connection Activity: Meet new people by attending a social event or volunteering or visit with a family member or friend.
May 19-25: Spirituality
Connecting to what you consider meaningful can have many possible benefits, including better mood, while feeling less anxiety and depression.
Spirituality Activity: Take 20 minutes to decompress through yoga or mediation or begin journaling by writing about three positive things that happened to you this week.
After completing this week’s activity, fill out our online survey and be entered into a free drawing, held on June 10, for one of several gift cards, here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HWCM7H5
Tea Time | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 | Alaska Native Medical Center hospital conference room 1
Take some time out of your busy day and join us for a cup of tea. Sit with friends and enjoy a visit. Engage in some mindful reading and self-exploration of teas.
May 26 – June 1: Humor
Good feelings can boost your ability to bounce back from stress, solve problems, think flexibly and fight disease.
Humor Activity: Do something you loved as a kid or something you always wanted to do that you haven’t.
Closing Ceremony | Noon-2 p.m. Friday, May 31 | Alaska Native Medical Center hospital conference room 2
Ceremonial closing ceremony for Mental Health Awareness Month with traditional blessing and Alaska Native drumming with a lunchtime potluck.