It's ok to not be ok.
It’s also ok to be sad, to be disappointed and to feel vulnerable. It’s also ok to feel pessimistic, overwhelmed and maybe a little bit numb. And it’s also ok to be worried and anxious.
While we’ve now experienced the new “normal” of Safer at Home due to COVID-19, it’s ok to feel those feelings. But most importantly, know that it’s ok – and that you’re not alone.
In May, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s take a collective opportunity to spend some of our minutes at home talking about mental health and well-being, and giving one another permission to be compassionate and empathetic for all of the emotions we might be experiencing.
More than ever, we need to take care of one another. We need to check in. We need to safely engage with our community – however we define it. We also need to relax, already. And finally, we need to know the signs if someone is struggling, and how to help.
Beach Cities Health District will be your guide this Mental Health Awareness Month, with virtual events and educational opportunities.
Each week throughout May, we will focus on a healthy habit of emotional well-being from Change Direction: Take Care, Check In, Engage, Relax and Know. Sign up for our newsletters here to receive tips and tools.
Get involved and attend a BCHD virtual event in May!
- Virtual Mindfulness Drop-In - Wednesday, May 6, 5:30 - 6 p.m.
- Online Families Connected Parent Chat - Every Monday, 9:50 - 10:50 a.m.
- Mental Health & Happiness Series Workshops - Every Tuesday, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
- Talk About It Small-Group Parent Workshop Series - Every Thursday, 1 - 2 p.m.
- Find parent tips to talk about mental health and other topics like vaping, empathy and social media at bchd.org/talk.
BCHD is also organizing a virtual “call tree” to check in on the well-being of our friends, family and neighbors. We’ll be reaching out to our volunteers, clients and community partners to check in and we encourage the community to do the same!
View the Wellness Check-in Script below to help guide your conversation on mental health:
Goals of Wellness Check-in:
- Build social connections while we’re physically distancing
- Encourage conversations about mental health and well-being
- Provide information and support
Relax and Take Care of Your Mind:
- Follow a guided mindfulness practice on Beach Cities Health District’s YouTube channel
- Sign up for a free subscription from Headspace in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to access meditations and sleep and movement exercises
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK, or text TALK to 741741.
Need Help? During this time of heightened health concern, BCHD is available to offer help and support. If you or someone you know in the Beach Cities needs assistance with errands, health-related information or referrals, please call our Assistance, Information & Referral line at 310-374-3426, ext. 256, seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or visit bchd.org/resources.
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