Mental Health and Wellness Resources (2023)

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As our country responds to and recovers from the pandemic, mental health and wellness have emerged as ongoing concerns. Parents and child care providers alike must be equipped to support their own mental health and wellness needs in addition to those of the children they love and care for. The entire early care and education workforce—regardless of setting and including those who provide out-of-school time and summer enrichment—must also have the resources and supports they need.

A collection of resources to support the mental health and wellness of children, their families, and the workforce are listed below. These resources are organized into two categories: (1) materials designed for families and (2) materials designed for child care providers. Some resources may benefit both audiences.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood" (2021).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). About mental health.Visit disclaimer pageU.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Resources for Child Care Providers- Supporting Children and Families

Supporting Children and Families

A Resource Guide for Developing Integrated Strategies to Support the Social and Emotional Wellness of Children
This Resource Guide highlights promising strategies and provides information about how some Child Care and Development Fund grantees have already leveraged partnerships and funding to support implementation success.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Self-Care and HealingVisit disclaimer page
This roundtable focuses on the importance of self-care and family care. The discussion asks three questions: 1) Why are self-care and healing so important yet so difficult? 2) What are culturally responsive strategies to support well-being? 3) What are key approaches for self-care during thisperiod of the COVID pandemic and increasing anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents?

Being Brave: Grounding Ourselves in Our Ancestors' ResilienceVisit disclaimer page
The recording ofBeing Brave: Grounding Ourselves in Our Ancestors' Resilience is a workshop that will guide you through some grounding techniques that tap into the strength and resilience of American Indian / Alaska Native communities. You'll work through exercises that you can adapt for any age to activate mindfulness into your programming. Be prepared to write and reflect, so bring a pen/pencil and something to write on.

CDC: Helping Children Cope with EmergenciesVisit disclaimer page
A web page addressingthe signs of distress in children of different ages, and strategies to support these children.
Available in Spanish

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center: Children’s Response to Crises and Tragic Events
This tip sheet canenhanceadults' understanding ofchildren’s responses to a crisis.

Early Head Start National Resource Center@ Zero To Three: Pathways to Prevention(PDF)
Acomprehensive guide for supporting infant and toddler mental health, that includesdefinitions, strategies, and challenges.

(Video) ReachUp with Natalie - Mental Health and Wellness Support and Resources

Healthy Ways to Handle Life’s StressorsVisit disclaimer page
This short article by the American Psychological Association has 12 evidence-based tools proven to tackle stress.

Native Spirituality: Creating Time and Space for Trauma Recovery and WellnessVisit disclaimer page
Native people define spirituality as central to their culture and traditions. Spirituality, culture, and healing ceremonies not only reinforce the core beliefs of tribal life but also restore personal balance when life stressors threaten to overwhelm. The COVID-19 pandemic added enormous anxiety and fear into many tribal communities. This discussion with Native spiritual and cultural leaders provides an opportunity to applaud the bravery of our health care providers and community members, and to discuss how Native spirituality can support our ability to regain our health and balance. For many, Native spirituality can be a potential antidote that minimizes the consequences of anxiety, fear, depression, and other stresses caused during the coronavirus crisis.

OPRE Brief: Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma(PDF)
A research-to-practice brief that focuses on the impacts of trauma on infants and toddlers and how child care providers can support their families.

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SCBC: Supporting the Social-Emotional Health of Infants, Toddlers and Adults During Natural Disasters and Emergencies
This webinar features resources and practices to support infant/toddlers, families, and teachers during times of national disasters. This can be found under the hot topic tab on this page.

Early Childhood Workforce Wellness Strategies

Child Care State Capacity Building Center: The Health and Well-Being of Infant/Toddler ProfessionalsVisit disclaimer page(PDF)
ThisPower Point presentation highlights the need for workforce well-being and includes strategies to achieve this goal.

Compassion Fatigue: Can We Care Too Much?
This webinar explores the meaning of compassion fatigue, its causes and symptoms, and strategies for personal self-care as it relates to working in the child care field. Strategies are included for state policy professionals, professional development or technical assistance providers, or child care professionals.

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NCASE: Supporting and Promoting Mental Health in Out-of-School Time Practice Brief (Spanish)
This practice brief explores some of the current mental health needs of school-age children, their families, and the OST workforce. It also discusses the social and emotional constructs that promote resilience, as well as examples of mental health supports that states and local jurisdictions can consider for collaborative implementation. Children are not the only recipients; parents and the OST workforce can benefit from mental health supports provided directly or indirectly in these environments.

Prioritizing Wellness for Infant and Toddler Caregivers: Infographic
This infographic depicts elements of wellness that program leaders may examine in order to support child care staff.

SCBC: Caring for Yourself: Foundational to Caring for Others
This webinar focused on policies and strategies for use by technical assistance providers and child care professionals to increase mindfulness and self-care. This can be found under the hot topic tab on this page.

Self-Care and Professionalism
This webpage offers resources to promote self care for child care providers.Crecimiento professional Resource page available in Spanish

Trauma-Informed Resources

ACF: Resources Specific to Early Childhood Programs Regarding Trauma-Informed Human Services
A compilation of issue briefs, information memoranda, webinars, and websites regarding trauma-informed care in early childhood programs.

CDC: Infographic: 6 Guiding Principles to a Trauma-Informed ApproachVisit disclaimer page
This infographicprovides an overview of a trauma-informed approach to care.

NCASE: Adverse Childhood Experiences and the School-Age Population Research Brief (Spanish)
Out-of-School Time (OST) programs can play a role in mitigating and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are disruptive to a school-age child’s academic and social development. State policies and initiatives are often the catalysts that support OST programs in this critical work. This Research Brief builds awareness of research and promising practices in the field of school-age child care.

(Video) 5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing: A Framework for Schools and Colleges

NCASE: Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences: Strategies for the Out-of-School Time Field Practice Brief
This practice brief includes an overview of ACES mitigation and prevention strategies from a national perspective using CDC and ACES Connection information, and highlights specific state examples of legislation, policies, and practices

The Importance of Infant Early Childhood Mental Health in State and Territory and Technical Assistance Efforts
This webpage provides resources for state level policy makers regarding I-ECMH Training and Technical assistance.

Trauma-Responsive Care Training for Trainers Opportunity
This series provides rationale and guidance for implementing trauma-responsive care in child care settings that serve infants, toddlers, and their families

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Trauma, PTSD, and Attachment in Infants and Young ChildrenVisit disclaimer page
This web page features resources thatexplains the effects of trauma on infants and young children and treatments to support them, with an emphasis on attachment.

Resources for Children and Families Responding to Infectious Disease Emergencies

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CDC: Stress and CopingVisit disclaimer page
A web page featuring strategiesto help adults and children cope with stress duringan infectious disease outbreak.

SAMHSA: Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease OutbreaksVisit disclaimer page
This tip sheet addresses common reactions to stress and ways to help children understand and manage during stressful times, such as an outbreak of infectious disease.

(Video) Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair


What are the 5 areas of wellbeing? ›

Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to help improve your mental health and wellbeing, these are connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give. Watch our videos on the 5 ways to wellbeing.

What is the meaning of mental health and wellness? ›

Mental health is a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realize their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community.

What are 4 strategies to enhance mental health? ›

10 tips to boost your mental health
  • Make social connection — especially face-to-face — a priority. ...
  • Stay active. ...
  • Talk to someone. ...
  • Appeal to your senses. ...
  • Take up a relaxation practice. ...
  • Make leisure and contemplation a priority. ...
  • Eat a brain-healthy diet to support strong mental health. ...
  • Don't skimp on sleep.
4 Oct 2018

What activities help with mental health? ›

Fun activities to help improve your mood
  • Soaking in the bathtub.
  • Planning your career.
  • Collecting things, such as coins and shells.
  • Going for a holiday.
  • Recycling old items.
  • Relaxing.
  • Going on a date.
  • Going to a movie.

What are the 7 parts of wellness? ›

Wellness is commonly viewed as having seven dimensions: mental, physical, social, financial, spiritual, environmental, and vocational. These dimensions are interdependent and influence each other. When one dimension of our well-being is out of balance, the other dimensions are affected.

What are 7 behaviors for improving mental health? ›

In my work as a psychiatrist and researcher, I have identified seven behaviors that contribute to quality mental health: activity, defense mechanisms, social connection, regulation, human specific cognition, self-acceptance and adaptability.

What are the 7 listed ways to maintain positive mental health? ›

A few tips that can help maintain your mental health and wellbeing:
  • spend time with friends, loved ones and people you trust.
  • talk about or express your feelings regularly.
  • reduce alcohol consumption.
  • avoid illicit drug use.
  • keep active and eat well.
  • develop new skills and challenge your capabilities.
21 Oct 2017

What are some examples of mental wellness? ›

What is good mental health and wellbeing?
  • spending quality time with close friends and family.
  • working in a job or finding an activity that is meaningful, which can provide a sense of purpose.
  • learning a new skill such as painting, singing, knitting, or a foreign language which can provide a sense of pride and achievement.

Why mental health and wellness is important? ›

It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

What are the 4 types of mental health? ›

mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder) anxiety disorders. personality disorders. psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia)

What is the best resource for mental health? ›

Look for therapists online
  • American Psychiatric Association: Find a Psychiatrist.
  • American Psychological Association: Psychologist Locator.
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Find a Therapist.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: Find a Pro.
  • International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation: Find Help.

What are 6 ways to maintain good mental health? ›

6 ways to take care of your mental health and well-being this World Mental Health Day
  • Talk to someone you trust. ...
  • Look after your physical health. ...
  • Do activities that you enjoy. ...
  • Steer away from harmful substances. ...
  • Take two minutes to focus on the world around you. ...
  • Seek professional help.
7 Oct 2021

What are the six key components of mental well-being? ›

The Ryff Scale is based on six factors: autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relations with others, purpose in life, and self-acceptance. Higher total scores indicate higher psychological well-being.

What are 3 mental activities? ›

The five types of mental activities are: correct assessment (pramana), incorrect assessment (viparyaya), imagination (vikalpa), deep sleep (nidra) and memory (smrtayah).

How can I improve my emotional wellness? ›

9 Emotional Wellness Activities
  1. Be positive. While occasionally being in a bad mood is normal, constantly having a negative attitude undermines your internal happiness. ...
  2. Get connected. ...
  3. Relieve stress. ...
  4. Quality sleep. ...
  5. Establish boundaries. ...
  6. Be mindful. ...
  7. Cope with loss. ...
  8. Accept yourself.
28 Jul 2020

What are the 3 pillars of wellness? ›

Sleep, exercise, and nutrition are the three pillars that support physical wellness.

What are the 4 main influences on wellness? ›

Our health is largely determined by the social, economic, cultural, and physical environments we live in — everything from where we work and live to our level of education and our access to healthy food and water.

What are the 8 Pillars of wellness? ›

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness
  • Emotional / Mental.
  • Environmental.
  • Financial.
  • Intellectual.
  • Occupational.
  • Physical.
  • Social.
  • Spiritual.

What are 5 good mental health signs? ›

You probably have good mental health if:
  • you are confident when faced with new situations or people.
  • you feel optimistic.
  • you do not always blame yourself.
  • you set goals.
  • you feel good about yourself.
  • you have good self esteem.

What are the 3 important skills in developing mental health? ›

Anyone can improve their mental well-being by practicing these skills.
  • What Is “Mental Health”?
  • Skill Set 1: “Learn from the Past”
  • Skill Set 2: “Live in the Present”
  • Skill Set 3: “Plan for the Future”
  • Other Useful Definitions.
  • In a Nutshell: How Can You Have a Healthier Mind?
9 Oct 2019

What are the 3 important mental health traits? ›

emotional stability: feeling calm and able to manage emotions. resilience: the ability to cope with the stresses of daily life. optimism: feeling positive about your life and future.

How do you fix emotionally broken? ›

Tips for healing from emotional wounds
  1. Take baby steps. ...
  2. Remember that you dont have to heal 100% to improve the quality of your life. ...
  3. Be patient and persistent. ...
  4. Set realistic expectations. ...
  5. View setbacks as part of the process and learning opportunities. ...
  6. Prioritize self-care and self-compassion.
22 Mar 2019

How do you know if you are traumatized? ›

Intrusive memories

Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event. Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks) Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event. Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event.

What are the 5 types of mental health? ›

Below are the five most common mental health disorders in America and their related symptoms:
  • Anxiety Disorders. The most common category of mental health disorders in America impacts approximately 40 million adults 18 and older. ...
  • Mood Disorders. ...
  • Psychotic Disorders. ...
  • Dementia. ...
  • Eating disorders.
30 Jan 2020

What are 3 negative factors that affect mental wellness? ›

For example, the following factors could potentially result in a period of poor mental health:
  • childhood abuse, trauma, or neglect.
  • social isolation or loneliness.
  • experiencing discrimination and stigma, including racism.
  • social disadvantage, poverty or debt.
  • bereavement (losing someone close to you)

What are 3 mental health challenges examples? ›

Types of mental health problems
  • Anger. Explains what anger is, and how to deal with it in a constructive and healthy way.
  • Anxiety and panic attacks. ...
  • Bipolar disorder. ...
  • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) ...
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD) ...
  • Depression. ...
  • Dissociation and dissociative disorders. ...
  • Eating problems.

How do you maintain mental wellness? ›

About Self-Care
  1. Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking every day can help boost your mood and improve your health. ...
  2. Eat healthy, regular meals and stay hydrated. ...
  3. Make sleep a priority. ...
  4. Try a relaxing activity. ...
  5. Set goals and priorities. ...
  6. Practice gratitude. ...
  7. Focus on positivity. ...
  8. Stay connected.

What is the difference between mental health and mental wellness? ›

When your mental health is in a good state this is called "mental wellness." It means that your mind is functioning as it should be and that you can function in positive ways in your life. If you are mentally well, you might: Have a greater awareness of your abilities and positive qualities.

What are the 10 most common mental disorders? ›

This page lists some of the more common mental health issues and mental illnesses.
  • Depression. ...
  • Dissociation and dissociative disorders. ...
  • Eating disorders. ...
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder. ...
  • Paranoia. ...
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder. ...
  • Psychosis. ...
  • Schizophrenia.

What are the 9 mental disorders? ›

9 common mental health disorders and how to recognize them
  • Depression. ...
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder. ...
  • Panic Disorder. ...
  • Schizophrenia. ...
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder. ...
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. ...
  • Borderline Personality Disorder. ...
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

What are the 5 ways to measure wellbeing? ›

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are evidence-based actions that people can do in their daily lives, or can be designed into policies and services, that should improve wellbeing: Connect, Give, Learn, Take notice; Be Active.

What are the 6 pillars of wellbeing? ›

Groov uses six pillars as the path to wellbeing. They are Connect, Do, Chill, Move, Celebrate and Enjoy. Research shows that by taking small, daily actions around each of these six pillars we can not only reduce our stress levels but increase our resilience and feel happier in our lives.

What are the 6 components of wellbeing? ›

The National Wellness Institute promotes Six Dimensions of Wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual.

What are the areas of wellbeing? ›

Wellness comprises of eight mutually co-dependence dimensions: emotional, physical, occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and financial.

What are the four 4 main types of personal wellbeing? ›

Physical well-being. Economic well-being. Social well-being. Development and activity.

How do you promote good mental health and wellbeing? ›

Tips for improving your mental wellbeing
  1. Relax and reduce stress.
  2. Find ways to learn and be creative.
  3. Spend time in nature.
  4. Connect with others.
  5. Look after your physical health.
  6. Try to get enough sleep.

What are the 4 areas of wellbeing? ›

The Four Dimensions
  • Spiritual Wellness. Spiritual strength is that force that drives us to make sacrifices for others, our nation, and the greater good. ...
  • Emotional Wellness. Emotional wellness refers to building an awareness of and accepting one's feelings and moods. ...
  • Physical Wellness. ...
  • Social Wellness.

What are the 8 domains of wellness? ›

That includes the emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, financial, social, environmental, and spiritual parts. These dimensions are interconnected, one dimension building on another.

What are the 7 steps to wellbeing? ›

7 Steps to Wellbeing
  • Hello there!
  • STEP ONE: Sleep.
  • STEP TWO: Mindfulness.
  • STEP THREE: Desires.
  • STEP FOUR: Diet.
  • STEP FIVE: Fluids.
  • STEP SIX: Nature and Exercise.
  • STEP SEVEN: Body Awareness and Intuition.

What are the 3 principles of wellbeing? ›

The three principles are defined as:
  • Mind. The energy and intelligence of all life, whether in the form, or formless. The Universal Mind, the impersonal mind, or “wisdom” is constant and unchangeable. ...
  • Consciousness. Consciousness is the gift of awareness. ...
  • Thought. The power of Thought is not self-created.

How can I improve my emotional wellness? ›

9 Emotional Wellness Activities
  1. Be positive. While occasionally being in a bad mood is normal, constantly having a negative attitude undermines your internal happiness. ...
  2. Get connected. ...
  3. Relieve stress. ...
  4. Quality sleep. ...
  5. Establish boundaries. ...
  6. Be mindful. ...
  7. Cope with loss. ...
  8. Accept yourself.
28 Jul 2020

What are the key pillars of wellbeing? ›

For me, true wellbeing is a combination of what I like to call the 'four pillars': physical, emotional and social, financial and workplace. Many studies and reports link poor physical health to poor mental health.

What are the key elements of mental health? ›

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

What is the difference between mental health and wellbeing? ›

More generally, well-being is just feeling good about yourself and your life. Mental Health is made up of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

What are the 4 factors that influence wellness? ›

About wellbeing

It's a complex combination of a person's physical, mental, emotional and social health factors. Wellbeing is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction.

How do you create a wellness program? ›

Create a Wellness Program
  1. Step 1: Choose a senior agency executive to lead on your agency's wellness initiative.
  2. Step 2: Establish a Wellness Committee.
  3. Step 3: Conduct an agency-wide survey.
  4. Step 4: Develop your wellness plan and implement the program.
  5. Step 5: Develop or enhance wellness policies.
  6. Step 6: Evaluate Success.
26 May 2022


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