Today is World Mental Health Day. It is an opportunity for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy. Here are some mental health resources:
May is Mental Health Month. This year’s theme, Tools 2 Thrive, explores practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health. To learn more and download the free Mental Health Month toolkit, visit mhanational.org/may.
Take time to pause, breathe, and take care of yourself. Some ideas during this stressful time: catch up on your reading (use your local library’s website for free online resources), talk to friends/family, get back to one of your hobbies or start a new one, do a workout from home (gyms are releasing free content online), rest, be kind to yourself, take media breaks, create a routine, and take it one step at a time.
As we are currently practicing physical social distancing, it is important to remember that we are still very much connected socially/emotionally. In an effort to keep the connection and continue to provide needed high quality mental health services in the safest way possible, I have started providing HIPAA compliant virtual sessions (versus live in-person visits) and will keep everyone posted when I return to doing live in-person office visits. Be well!
Having a great time at the Florida Psychological Association’s SERC conference! Always wonderful catching up with colleagues and staying abreast of valuable information within the field.
Thank you, Kiddie Academy of Plantation, for inviting me to read to your students for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, the largest shared reading experience that helps raise awareness about the importance of building children’s early language and literacy skills.
The students were so engaged, and the book had a wonderful message about sharing.
Grateful to see this over the weekend! Keeping a gratitude journal is good for your overall health. It can increase positivity, improve self-esteem, improve sleep, reduce stress, and make you happier. What are you grateful for?
You can learn a lot from your children, and your children can learn a lot from you. Children are navigating their world and learning how to deal with situations and their emotions. So what can you do when they meltdown?
First, try to regulate your emotions.
Next, it’s important to understand the function(s) of their behavior, employ behavior management strategies (a parenting class or a child psychologist can provide training; there are also wonderful books and articles on evidence-based strategies), and empower them with coping tools (not taught in the heat of the moment, of course).
Talk to them when they are calm (hear them out, validate their feelings, and promote them using their words to communicate).
Also, modeling appropriate ways of handling situations, practicing desired behavior(s), and rewarding children’s efforts can go a long way!
Don’t forget to give yourself credit- you are doing great!
Loved seeing this in the elevator of the preschool I go to for United Way of Broward County’s Reading Pals Program. It was a wonderful exercise to do before reading to my amazing reading pals!
Had a wonderful morning yesterday at NSU University School’s career day! So inspiring to talk to the students and educate them about a day in the life of a psychologist.
Thank you to Psi Beta at Broward College for inviting me to participate in your Mental Health Awareness Festival. This event provided a forum to talk about mental health, mental health disorders, and breaking the stigma.