May the 4th be with you... and also your mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and that is crucial now more than ever. Here are some ways to stay sane while you’re spending so much time at home.

  • Read an eBook, listen to an audiobook, follow positive social media
  • Connect with friends and family virtually.
  • Get outside (with a mask)
    • Take a walk, go for a run, or just sit on the grass for a few minutes. It can be super helpful to just be outside each day and create a sense of normalcy.
  • Write, paint, color or do whatever you enjoy most creatively
    • Creative expression can be a huge help when you’re feeling closed in. Take some time for self-care in whatever way serves you best. Check out DPL’s Summer of Adventure Maker Challenge for inspiration and submit your project!
  • Be kind to one another
    • These are hard and unusual times for everyone. Most people are trying their best, and a little kindness can go a long way!

Looking for more information? The Mental Health Center of Denver and Teen Mental are awesome resources. If you need to talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to call or text the following.

Colorado Crisis Services Call 1-844-493-8255 or Text “TALK” to 38255

National Alliance on Mental Health 1-800-950-6264, available by call

Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 available by call or chat

The Trevor Project  1-866-488-7386, available by call, text, or chat

Written by jgrazulis on May 4, 2020