Aspire Mental Well-Being Toolkit
Well-Being is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose, and the ability to manage emotions.
The Aspire Well-Being Toolkit guides you to your happiness in a safe, supportive space with information, tools, and activities created by experts. Our tools help improve your mental well-being and substance abuse disorders. Our Toolkit can be used by individuals, providers, organizations, communities, countries and employers.
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Aspire Mental Well-Being Toolkit
According to a 2021 study on seeking mental health support through video-based social media, the video streaming service showed potential to support mental health through social support, validating experience and sharing the positive experience of help-seeking. If you’re looking for a more positive place on the web, here are our 10 favorite YouTube channels for mental health support and education.
No one wants to worry about the possibility of a mental or substance abuse crisis, but they do happen. That doesn't mean you have to feel powerless. Many healthcare providers suggest creating a crisis plan and may suggest that it be shared with friends and family. Ask your loved one if they have developed a plan.
Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health. When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact.
Tips While Waiting for Therapy
If you've been having trouble finding a mental health therapist, you're not alone. It can still be difficult to find the right mental health professional; 65% said they had no openings, and the average wait time is about 6 weeks. Here are some tips that can help you while waiting to get the help you need.
Your trusted guide to mental health and wellness by Help Guide and Harvard Health. We empower you with the knowledge and skills you need to strengthen your mental health and well-being.
Mental Health Assessment
Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
Find Professional Providers
Psychology Today has a search tool to help you find a therapist near you.
Online Therapy Tools
Online therapy is a way to deliver and receive mental health services via phone, messages, or video sessions; providers offer a variety of plans, including single sessions and subscription-based services. Check out this guide to the best online therapy platforms for 2022.
Mental Health Resources
Learn more about mental illness. This section covers mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, OCD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicide, addiction, and others.
If you are feeling suicidal, you are not alone, and there is support available. You deserve to feel supported. The International Association for Suicide Prevention has information and resources to help!
Substance Abuse Prevention Toolkit
Toolkit - Substance Abuse Prevention
Tools from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration SAMHSA.
Welcome to FindTreatment.gov, the confidential and anonymous resource for persons seeking treatment for mental and substance use disorders in the United States and its territories.
Not sure how to prevent drug or alcohol use? Or what to do if you suspect or have discovered substance use? We have the science- and research-backed information to help you help your child.
SMART Recovery Toolbox
The SMART Recovery Toolbox provides a variety of methods, worksheets, and exercises to help you self-manage your addiction recovery and your life. This collection of sensible tools is based on developing cognitive thinking skills to support you through addiction recovery.
Articles for Well-Being
Humans have always had the need to tell their stories. That’s no different in the blogging world either. Writing about our experiences is often a very therapeutic experience. This can be especially true when dealing with mental illness. Here are a few of our favorite blogs about mental illness and mental health by Choosing Therapy.
Tips for Well-Being
How Nutrition Improves Well-being
Applied psychopharmacotherapy and psychotherapy do not always bring the expected results in the treatment of mental disorders. As a result, other interventions are receiving increasing attention. In recent years, there has been a surge in research on the effects of nutrition on mental status, which may be an important aspect of the prevention of many mental disorders and, at the same time, may lead to a reduction in the proportion of people with mental disorders.
How to Defuse an Argument
Most people become challenged and confronted on occasion by others who differ in their opinions and who desire and are determined to argue. This could be about almost anything and with almost anyone, including our most intimate partners, family members, social acquaintances, or colleagues. When you find yourself entering into an argument, you may consider the following ideas and action steps to dissolve it and mitigate its effects.
Spirituality Improves Well-Being
Spirituality has been a source of comfort and relief from stress for multitudes of people. While people use many different paths to find God or a higher power, research has shown that those who are more religious or spiritual and use their spirituality to cope with challenges in life experience many benefits to their health and well-being.
How To Combat Loneliness
If you feel alone, you are not alone. Everyone feels lonely at some point, and it is overwhelming. We can help! Loneliness is not a choice; it's actually a chemical reaction (and it's nothing to be ashamed of)! Watch as Vanessa goes over some practical, science-based pointers to pump up the level of pleasure chemicals in your brain to help you feel less lonely. www.scienceofpeople.com
How Hypnosis Improves Mental Health
Pediatric hypnosis helps kids and all ages use focused attention and imagination to train their brains, create new pathways, and learn new skills.
Tips to help you along your journey of self-improvement. No matter what your goals are, these tips can help you on your way toward your “ideal self.” We are so proud of you for starting this journey.
Your health and well-being should always come first. Happiful Magazine provides professional opinions, advice, and techniques in our well-being features.
Tips on Grief
Grief is a journey you must endure after the loss of a loved one. It's easy to become overwhelmed as you work through the phases and tasks of grief, so it's important to remember to care for yourself.
Books for Well-being
Books are more than just a comfort. They can be a portal to different worlds, a bridge to a new past or future, an outpost for philosophies, and a support system for times of need. Healthline has published a list of their recommended books on mental health.
How To Help Others
You can take the first step to help someone you care about get help. Share our Aspire website and tools!
5 Tips for a Healthy Transition After Mental Health Hospitalization.
Tips For Anxiety
Having occasional feelings of anxiety is a normal part of life, but people with anxiety disorders experience frequent and excessive anxiety, fear, terror and panic in everyday situations. These feelings are unhealthy if they affect your quality of life and prevent you from functioning normally.
Children and Teens
Tools to help children and teenagers
Tools for our LGBTQ+ communities
Tools to improve the racial/ethnic mental health outcomes
Tools to help adults
Tools for women
Tools for men
There are many other member segments that we are adding to our Toolkit.
Books To Improve Yourself
12 Best Mental Health Books
Healthline has listed the 12 Best Mental Health Books.
The Stress Solution
Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience by Ph.D. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli
In Power Thoughts, Joyce Meyer outlines a flexible program to turn thoughts into habits, and habits into success.
The Power of Fun
If you’re not having fun, you’re not fully living. The author of How to Break Up with Your Phone makes the case that, far from being frivolous, fun is actually critical to our well-being, and shows us how to have more of it. Author: Catherine Price
Chicken Soup for the Soul
You will find hope and inspiration in these 101 heartwarming stories about counting your blessings, thinking positively, and overcoming challenges. Authors: Jack Canfield, Amy Newmark, Mark Victor Hansen, and Heidi Krupp.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” (Alexander McFarlane, director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies)