COVID-19, Mental Health and takecare19
Friday, May 8, 2020
Life Has Changed
The constant barrage of news is exhausting. In a world where we have 24/7 news cycles and notifications constantly ringing your phone, you are berated with stats, end-of-the-world conspiracies, the “world will be back to normal tomorrow!” news, and a general information overload.
It is hard to keep yourself positive on this roller coaster ride we are experiencing, especially with so much information coming at you that is designed to provoke an emotional reaction, good or bad.
What is Mental Health & Mental Wellness?
Mental health is your psychological well-being. Good mental health is a healthy balance of the social, emotional, and psychological areas of your life.
Mental wellness is also an important aspect of mental health. It is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Put simply, in a time where nothing is normal, it is nearly impossible to be in a state of positive well-being without effort. Your social life has been put on hold, you are notified of endless emotionally provoking news, and your psychological well-being has suffered.
It’s critical to address your mental health and get yourself back on the right track for your own well-being.
Since early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, Vivian from our UX team & former Brainer Susie have been working hard on a passion project to ease the search for accessible (free/low-cost) mental health resources. Their project takes the form of a website, takecare19.
takecare19 is all about supporting and de-stigmatizing mental health with accessible and inclusive resources.
takecare19 is crowd-sourced and has a wide range of filterable resources intended to improve your mental health and well-being. It is a curated google search for mental health that is easy to use and chock-full of useful resources on various topics from working better, moving more, learning, staying creative, finding community and support from others, and more
If you are feeling down, this is the place to find support.
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