Author Tanya J. Peterson, on the www.healthyplace.com website, defines “emotional health” as a concept synonymous with “wellbeing”, which is vital to living a life of wholeness, balance and contentment. Emotional Wellness requires Resilience – Getting Up When Mental Illness Knocks You Down. (Resilience is a trait, but it’s also a skill that can be developed. And learning to persevere even when mental health challenges try to keep you down, is thriving!)
“Achieving emotional health and wellbeing is an active process that involves not only identifying emotions but also shaping how we think about them and how we act (or refrain from acting) on them. Some tips for creating your own emotional health definition and living it include:
- Identifying personal strengths, building them, and living from them
- Learning optimism, realistically seeing the positive in even bad situations
- Developing the courage to define, and then live, your life worth living
- Honing resiliency, the ability to learn from and bounce back from setbacks as well as flexibility in facing challenges
- Seeing the good in yourself and developing a healthy self-concept
- Building a social network, even if it’s small
- Creating a set of coping skills for dealing with mental health difficulties and external stress
- Living life with a sense of purpose
- Making time for hobbies and leisure
- Honoring your sense of creativity in your hobbies and leisure time”
Depression Wellness Analyzer
Have you started depression treatment but need to track your progress?
Are you a family caregiver looking to help a loved one measure their daily wellness?
Are you looking to track you or a loved one’s symptoms based on your definition of wellness?
Provided by Families for Depression Awareness, this Depression Wellness Analyzer Tool helps people with depression and their families actively monitor the person’s depression treatment to get well faster. It is a computer-based tool that you can access from anywhere.
(There are suggestions for Bipolar Disorder monitoring tools on this web link as well.)
(provided by Mental Health America)
Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.
Verywell Mind is a trusted and compassionate online resource that provides the guidance you need to improve your mental health and find balance. Its library of more than 4,000 pieces of content has been written by more than 100 healthcare professionals and industry experts including experienced doctors, therapists, and social workers, and then vetted by board-certified physicians. We give you the resources you need to feel happy and healthy.
Positive Thinking Apps (Apps That Can Change Your Outlook)
Positive thinking can change your life! It can lead to greater health, happiness, and success in many other areas of life!
“Research from Sonja Lyubomirski suggests that roughly 40% of our happiness levels are changeable, meaning that our ability to feel happy and think positively is not set at birth, but can be learned. One way to “learn” this happiness is to practice more positive thinking.”
We invite you to explore the Beaver County System of Care webpages with resources below.
You are NOT ALONE in this journey; we want to help you thrive!
Local Mental Health Resources
- Mental Health Resources – Local mental health resources and information, including links, hours, addresses, and contact information to partnering agencies throughout the Beaver County System of Care. The webpage includes support groups, PA resources, printable crisis information, aftercare, and related articles.
- Peer Information for individuals who are living with a mental health disorder. Here, you will find providers, support groups, resources, and detailed information regarding local services and people who can assist you in your Recovery Journey.
- Drug and Alcohol Resources – Local information for people who need assistance with substance use and addiction. This webpage includes service providers, natural resources, treatment centers and inpatient facilities, support group information, and a Narcan demonstration video.
- General Drug and Alcohol Resources – additional articles are available here.