Spring Awakening for the Mind, Body, and Soul: 3 Ways to Practice Mental Health Awareness for the Month of May

Mental Health Awareness really spans all the aspects of your health, usually being the mind, body, and soul. Keeping that in mind, we want to share with you a few strategies that to promote whole health:

  1. For the Mind: Try an exercise to enhance your emotional literacy. You can use this Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotion to raise awareness of underlying emotions that may be driving your actions. According to Plutchik, all emotions that we experience start with one of the following: joy, sadness, acceptance, disgust, fear, anger, surprise and anticipation. Understanding how to identify each primary emotion can help you to better manage your response to emotional reactions.

    After enhancing your emotional literacy, consider Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that helps people to understand how to recognize, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. Presently, there are over 1 million mental health first aiders in the United States who are using their skills to help individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. To become a part of that 1 million, please click here. Stay tuned for the next round of MHFA trainings at The Coalition!

  2. For the Body: Get outside! Spring is the perfect season to engage in physical activities. There are many ways to get active, such as going for a walk at a neighborhood park or the beach, riding or renting a Citibike and going to a fitness classes like Zumba or SoulCycle. There are even nature hikes accessible through public transit. You can also explore other classes that may interest you using Classpass. The Coalition and Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC) are teaming up to participate in the NAMI Walk for Mental Health Awareness Month on May 12th!

  3. For the Soul: Once you are outside, take in your surroundings and savor the beauty of your neighborhood while reflecting on the journey that you took to get here. After reflecting on your journey, show your appreciation by giving back to others. Teach someone who may be struggling, about the things that you just learned in this article!

May 3, 2018

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The Coalition at NatCon18

The National Council for Behavioral Health held its annual 2018 Natcon conference in Washington D.C. from April 21 until April 25. An estimated 5,000 behavioral health professionals, peers and interested individuals attended informative poster presentations and workshops and dramatic and heartfelt plenaries. The conference was capped off by Hill Day 2018, when advocates went to Capitol Hill to tell their congressional representatives what was happening in their districts on the behavioral health frontlines, and to ask that they vote from an informed perspective on the Fiscal Year 2019 Mental Health and Substance Use appropriations and the six mental health and substance use legislative acts being considered.

The Coalition’s President & CEO Christy Parque and Vice President for Policy Doug Berman started off on Sunday at the Second Annual National BHECON Forum for the nine states that are part of a national program to examine and advance policy reforms that strengthen states’ behavioral health delivery systems.

Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP, and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery prepared “Ready, Set, Activate! Why YOU Should Give a Darn a About Person-Centered Recovery Planning,” a poster presentationdelivered by our CEO and our Training & Special Projects Coordinator Teyana Reed. 

Teyana and our Policy Associate Tammy Thomas were awarded scholarships to attend the conference and be part of the Young Leadership group for a round of eight visits on Capitol Hill; they were joined by a cadre of more than 25 advocates from across New York State.


We invite you to continue reading the other news items from the Coalition this month.

Keynote Presentation

Please Buckle Up, Experiencing Turblence Ahead: 
The Federal Impact on New York's Behavioral Health System

Chuck Ingoglia
Senior Vice President for Public Policy / Practice Improvement
National Council for Behavioral Health 

New York's Behavioral Health System: Transformation in Progress

Presentation 1

Jason Helgerson

NYS Medicaid Director
Presentation 2

Ann Sullivan

NYS Office of Mental Health

Presentation 3

Arlene González-Sánchez
NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance 
Abuse Services
Presentation 4

Gary Belkin

Executive Deputy Commissioner
NYC Department of Health and 
Mental Hygiene