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September Club Activity Guide

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November Club Activity Guide

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February Club Activity Guide

March Club Activity Guide

April Club Activity Guide

May Club Activity Guide

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September Club Activity Guide: Suicide Prevention 

Directing Change Program & Film Contest
Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

The TakeAction Activity Guide provides effective ways to promote suicide prevention across your school campus and throughout our community.

Heart Wall Installation Activity
A fun and meaningful way to create awareness is to write messages of support that, when assembled, create the shape of a heart. Share this activity with your club and across campus, then take pictures and post to social media, tag @EachMindMatters and use the hashtag #EachMindMatters.

Trivia Game
This social game asks questions about different topics, and they have to get as many correct answers and points as possible. The game can be used to learn more about mental health, substance use and suicide prevention in a virtual format for all to enjoy.

 October Club Activity Guide: Ending the Stigma

October Club Activity Guide: Ending the Silence
Bring NAMI Contra Costa to your campus. "Ending the Silence" is designed to lessen stigma and raise awareness about mental illness among teenagers. The 50-minute program uses a video and personal stories of presenters with lived experiences of mental illness and is typically presented in the freshman/sophomore classes during the mental health portion of the curriculum. For more information or to schedule a virtual presentation, contact NAMI Contra Costa at (925) 942-0767.

Bring Change 2 Mind
The BC2M high school program gives teens a platform to share their voices and raise awareness around mental health. Like NAMI on Campus, the activities empower students to educate each other, make better communities and create a safe and supportive culture on campus. The activity guide can be used to enhance your NAMI on Campus activities. The guidebook provides numerous activity resources and lesson plans that can focus the club members on their goal of ending stigma.

Mental Health Poster Ideas
Use Canva templates to create posters and social media posts to promote awareness of Mental Health.

Campus Based Stigma Reduction Activities
A fact sheet providing primary stigma reduction strategies focused on building knowledge and changing attitudes toward those with mental illness.

Beyond the Label
An Educational Kit to Promote Awareness and Understanding of the Impact of Stigma on People Living with Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Use Problems
Provides numerous "Stigma Busting Activities" to address the social bias preventing people from seeking assistance, accessing services or in many cases, continuing with the treatment programs that play a vital role in their recovery.

Teen Mental Health Toolbox
Hundreds of resources, reports and publications that are designed to help teens learn about mental illness.

November and December Club Activity Guide: Friends and Family Mental Health 

To better educate and inform students about how to support their friends/family members who are living with mental illness. Also, to educate students about how to get their families involved and educated about mental health.

V-A-R® is Active Minds' everyday guide for everyday challenges. It’s about showing up for one another in our everyday struggles. The letters V-A-R correspond to three steps: Validate, Appreciate, Refer. The steps are easy-to-understand, easy-to-do, and easy-to-remember. They provide a guide to listening and responding in a helpful way.
V-A-R conversations can take many forms — phone, in-person, text message, Facetime. The medium doesn’t matter as much as the message that you care.

Let's Talk Mental Health: Bring Change to Mind
This tool is meant to show the many ways you can talk about mental health with people in your life. But everyone's experience is different. So, if you think, "wait, that's not how I feel," you're probably not alone. Use these words as inspiration, but also feel free to find your own.

For Family & Friends
If you have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, you are probably wondering what you can do to help. Explore Mental Health Conditions and Topics, questions about Helping Someone with Mental Illness, and strategies for supporting someone close to you.

January Club Activity Guide: Advocacy

To raise awareness and empower individuals to create systematic change by telling their stories and building relationships with decision-makers.

Youth Voice in Advocacy: Strategic Sharing

This workbook is for individuals who have experienced traumatic life experiences and are interested in sharing their stories to promote change. Strategic Sharing Training will equip youth to share their story, leave a lasting impact and inspire change in the lives of others safely and effectively

Dedicated to Improving School Mental Health in California
Statewide High School License Plate

February Club Activity Guide: Mental Health Across Cultures & LGBTQ+

Use this video to begin a discussion around the importance of a positive, inclusive campus environment. This video demonstrates that bias can appear in both expected and unexpected ways—and that each of us has the power to make a difference.

Identity and Cultural Dimensions
Our culture, beliefs, sexual identity, values, race and language all affect how we perceive and experience mental health conditions. In fact, cultural differences can influence what treatments, coping mechanisms and supports work for us. It is therefore essential for culture and identity to be a part of the conversation as we discuss both mental health and mental health care.

National Latino Behavioral Health Association
The National Latino Behavioral Health Association is to influence national behavioral health policy, eliminate disparities in funding and access to services, and improve the quality of services and treatment outcomes for Latino populations

March Club Activity Guide: Mental Health

Bring Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre to your school! Check out their free virtual mental health and wellness program. Will a student’s bout of anxiety allow others to create a safe space to talk about what they’re going through and what’s really going on? Ghosted is a candid glimpse of a single day in the life of four high school students as they learn to adapt to remote learning and struggle to connect with others while still social distancing. It’s an up-close look at how they navigate their relationships and support each other while facing harsh realities and many unknowns.

Through the course of the virtual program, students learn to:

  • Develop skills to talk about stress, anxiety, and depression and understand that all are common
  • Identify healthy coping strategies to build resilience
  • Access community resources for help with stressful and difficult situations
  • Combat stigma by creating a culture of acceptance and support for mental health
Tips to Understand and How To Improve Mental Health
The human mind is incredibly complex – and life gets challenging. Sometimes our minds and emotions get thrown off balance, leaving us feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally drained.

Check out these ideas for hosting your own Stress Less Week! Complete the form HERE, and after you press “submit” you’ll see a download button. Clicking that will download a resource kit (PDF) to your device.

Understanding & Managing Emotions
Use this Lesson Plan to begin a discussion about mental health with your Club members. Students will differentiate between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Identify how thoughts and emotions can impact behavior choices
Identify strategies for making positive behavior choices when experiencing a strong emotion. Understand how empathy impacts everyday relationships

April Activity Guide: Careers in Mental Health

California's Top 100 Occupations
Design a Campus activity to explore the best opportunities.
Marriage and Family Therapists & Mental Health Counselors made the list! Club members research opportunities together and consider your own career path.

Learn How To Become
Explore in-depth information curated by experts in their fields. Learn how to nail an interview, find the perfect job, become a manager, transition to a new career and more. A career is a commitment; a career is hard work; a career is your passion. Are you ready to find yours?

5 Reasons to Consider a Career in Social Work
Social Workers want to make a tangible difference in people's lives, and social work is one of the most effective professions in helping others. If you're considering becoming a social worker, this article outlines five reasons why social work might be the career for you.

How To Become a Therapist: Requirements, Degrees & Experience
Explore the difference between psychologists, therapists and counselors. Do you know which profession has the highest educational requirements and are held to the higher levels of ethical standards?

May Club Activity Guide: Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health is how we cope with everyday life. Some days you might feel more confident or let things roll off your back more easily. On other days, maybe the stress has you feeling sad or anxious. These are completely normal things to feel and normal ways to feel them. It's when the feelings get to be so overwhelming that they make living your normal, everyday life a challenge. When things like just getting out of bed, spending time with friends or doing your favorite activities become something you just can't do, that's when your mental health is becoming a problem, and possibly a mental illness. Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn't always easy. There's no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness or if actions and thoughts might be typical behaviors of a person or the result of a physical illness.

Tools 2 Thrive
The toolkit includes sample materials for communications and social media as well as printable handouts on the following topics:
  • Adapting after trauma and stress
  • Dealing with anger and frustration
  • Getting out of thinking traps
  • Processing big changes
  • Taking time for yourself
  • Radical acceptance
#HopeForChange reminds us to spread and rely on the hope that carried us through a year of change. These activities follow physical distancing guidelines and are built off the past year that changed many of our self-care activities.

Acceptance of Emotions Through Art

Expressing Your Experiences

What Inspires You in These Times of Change?

Put the MOVE in Mental Health MOVEment

"I Am" Affirmation Boards

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