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May 29, 2020
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Month in the United States. This year, more than ever, mental health and wellness is on everyone’s mind.  The CDC has produced a public service announcement to remind us all of the importance of taking care of ourselves.

Be Kind to Your Mind
Tips to cope with stress during COVID-19

PAUSE breathe, notice how you feel
TAKE BREAKS from COVID-19 content
MAKE TIME to sleep and exercise
REACH OUT and stay connected
SEEK HELP if overwhelmed or unsafe
In addition, CSS and the START network have gathered and disseminated resources as we continue to support people with IDD/MH and their families and systems. 
MH Treatment Approaches in a World with COVID: You can do it!
Katy Stratigos, MD, Medical Director, NY START Region 4 Triborough
Visit our website to watch a recorded Q&A with Dr. Stratigos, download slides, and watch other training videos
Learned Hopefulness
Dan Tomasulo, PhD, MFA, MAPP, Core Faculty, Spiritual Mind Body Institute, Columbia University Teachers College
Visit our website to watch a recorded Q&A with Dr. Tomasulo, download slides, and watch other training videos
Useful Wellness and Mental Health Apps
InsightTimer - Guided meditations and talks led by the world's top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford and more.
MyLife App is an award winning meditation and mindfulness app that helps you find your quiet place. It allows you to check in with how you’re feeling, and recommends short guided meditations and mindfulness activities, tuned to your emotions
MindShift CBT uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.
Sanvello gives you clinically validated techniques to help you manage your moods and thoughts, so you can understand what works for you to feel better. Free premium access through the COVID-19 crisis.
Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

 
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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire