Monday, June 18, 2012

Get Interactive: Mental Health Month

Westover Branch Librarian, Katherine, is here today to share a display that she and the teens of Westover put together. Hopefully it will brighten your rainy day:

May was Mental Health Month. Throughout the month Westover Branch Library teens worked together to come up with some ideas of how to fight those bad feelings everyone feels sometimes.

The question was: What's a good way to cheer yourself up if you're feeling sad?

And here are their answers:

Do something active to get your mind off it.
Watch a movie, hug a stuffed animal, talk to friends, family, and play board games!
Suffer in peace.
Work out and punch stuff (but not people).
Hang out with friends, go shopping, play games, watch TV and just have fun.
Do arts and crafts, cook, watch tv, nothing sad. Don't think of sad things. Peace Hope Love.
Simply have fun. Don't be sad.
Think good stuff or go somewhere fun.
Watch anime. (3 teens suggested this!)
Have fun and don't stress too much.
Think of someone you love.
Play with your friends.

And someone posted a picture they colored… which reminds me that coloring is also a great de-stressing activity!

For more information on mental health resources for teens, check out our guide here.

And if your feelings ever get to a point where you don't know how to handle it, there are toll-free hotlines you can call. The people who answer can help you with whatever you're going through.

Youth America Hotline: 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8355)

Do you have any other ideas for what you can do when you feel down or stressed? Post them in the comments!

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