Mental Health First Aid Monthly Newsletter

#BeTheDifference With Self-care Strategies

This is a challenging and stressful time. People across the country are reporting high levels of emotional distress because of COVID-19, including feelings of sadness, exhaustion, fear and worry. That’s why it is more important now than ever before to make your mental health a priority.

We have shared resources over the last few months to help you support young people, people on the front lines, and those struggling with mental health conditions take care of their mental health. This month, we’re focusing on you.

Many of us know the advice given on airplanes: Put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help someone else with theirs. Taking care of yourself can help you better handle challenges, adapt to changes and build strong relationships.

We will be sharing tips and resources to help you use self-care strategies to support your own and your loved ones’ mental health and well-being.

Keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for this content and more throughout the month to help you #BetheDifference for yourself and your loved ones.

We’re sharing all of this on social media too — follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Tips from the Curriculum
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How to Create Your Own Self-Care Plan

You can’t help others without taking care of yourself first. Use tips from the MHFA curriculum to create your own effective and realistic plan for self-care.

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Black Boots, Gender Identity and teen Mental Health First Aid

teen Mental Health First Aider Novak Chernesky shares his story and the impact tMHFA can have in a community so no one gets left behind.

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Five Tips to Help You Practice Self-love

Taking small steps every day or week to take care of and love yourself can help you better manage daily challenges and put more passion into what you do.

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Self-care for Essential Workers on the Front Lines of COVID-19

Essential workers are in the face of extreme stressors. There are ways to protect yourself from the mental and emotional impact of COVID-19 trauma.

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ALGEE in the News
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MHFA’s Betsy Schwartz shares information on what mental exhaustion is and how to manage symptoms.

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Schools in Delaware County, Ind., received grants to train educators in MHFA next school year.

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Starbucks is making mental health a priority, including MHFA-inspired trainings for key staff.

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Thank you for choosing to #BeTheDifference, Mental Health First Aid USA
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The  National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 3,326 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced  Mental Health First Aid USA  and 2 million Americans have been trained. For more information, please visit

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