Playfulness & Expression

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Journaling is a powerful form of expression and reflection that is proven to improve our mental health. Get the journaling basics here and eheck out these journaling prompts from our friends at BRWN GRL TALK.
Recess is for everyone! Somewhere along the way, we forget the importance of taking breaks and being playful. When we are busy and overwhelmed, stopping to watch a funny video or relax and listen to music may feel like a waste of time. In reality, these breaks can help us be more productive when we get back to work.
Art is another powerful form of expression, but you don’t have to be a skilled artist to enjoy the benefits. Paint, draw, sculpt or grab a coloring book and some crayons. Expressing ourselves creatively helps us recharge and is a great form of self-care.

MORE WAYS TO #MAKEYOURMOVE

Sometimes being creative and expressing ourselves aren’t enough to help us cope with the mental health challenges we are facing. If emotional struggles are getting in the way of your work, school, relationships or quality of life, it’s time to reach out for help. Here are some options for having a free, confidential conversation anytime with a trained counsleor. You can find more options and ways to find a mental health professional on our RESOURCES page.

  • The trained team at Crisis Text Line are there if you or someone you know are struggling with anxiety, depression, concerns about overuse of drugs or alcohol, hopelessness, abuse or thoughts of suicide. Simply text START to 741-741 anytime to start your live, confidential chat. 
  • Need to talk to someone now? The Lifeline has trained counselors available 24/7 if you’re worried about yourself or a friend. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime to get started. 
  • The Trevor Project offers a national 24-hour, toll free, confidential support line for LGBTQ youth. If you’re feeling hopeless or struggling because of issues related to your sexuality, discrimination or note being accepted by friends or family members, you can connect with a counselor via phone, chat or textLearn more. 

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time coping during this time of uncertainty, it’s important to reach out for support. Text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (2355) for a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor 24/7.