Mental Health
Challenge

Mental Health Challenge 


We aren't currently running a challenge but these resources are 
still helpful and you can do a challenge whenever you want!
If you are dealing with a mental health issue right now, please tell someone.  TODAY!


 

Why is this worth my time? 

Taking care of our mental health is not something that comes natural to us. It comes with
work and daily practice.  If you participate in this challenge, you are giving yourself tools to
help you take care of yourself not only this month, but for your lifetime.  

Why would Youth/Young Adult Group focus on mental health? 
We believe God created our complex bodies.  And when we are healthy, we can grow in our
faith and care for others. 

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah was running for his life.  He wanted to die.  He asked God to end his life. 
Then, he fell asleep.  During the hours that followed, God didn't tell Elijah to get up and get
to work.  God gave Elijah food, drink and rest.  God prioritized Elijah's physical needs and
mental health before sending him to continue the journey.  

 

When we are healthy, we can best live into the call God has for us.  

Step Up to the Challenge:  Spring 2021

  • Complete and log 12 mental health tasks in 14 days

  • Log each day on back of the card mailed to you.

  • At the end of 14 days, take a picture of the card and send it to Denise@yardleyumc.org 

     

Participate in the Challenge, Get Rewards:
 

Complete by 6/3             Earn
4 days                             2 stickers
8 days                             3 stickers and $5 gift card 
10 days                           5 stickers and a $10 gift card
14 days                           5 stickers, $10 gift card, choice of
                                           shirts from SelfCareIsforEveryone.com

Challenge Actions 
Below is a full list of actions for this challenge.  Links have been provided when possible. 

Educate Yourself

  • Listen to a mental health podcast
    Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

    Brené on Anxiety, Calm + Over/Under-Functioning   
    Brené with Bishop Michael Curry on Love & Hope in Troubling Times
    Dr. Marc Brackett and Brené on “Permission to Feel”
    Dr. Vivek Murthy and Brené on Loneliness and Connection
    Alicia Keys and Brené on “More Myself”


    Teenager Therapy 
    Five stressed, sleep deprived, yet energetic teens sit down and talk about the struggles that come
    with being a teenager. Is high school really as bad as everyone says?

     

  • Watch a documentary:
    The Mask You Live In    The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true
    to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. 
    Please Note: This film has strong language and is recommended for High School Students.
     

    The Social Dilemma   The Social Dilemma focuses on how big social media companies manipulate users by
    using algorithms that encourage addiction to their platforms.  (Available on Netflix) 

     

  • Watch a Ted Talk
    The Courage to live with radical uncertainty Shekinah Elmore 
     When your future is uncertain, how do you keep moving forward? In this courageous talk, oncologist and cancer survivor Shekinah Elmore shares how she embraced life after a rare genetic diagnosis -- and explains why she believes doctors have a duty to help their patients learn to live with radical uncertainty.

    Why students should have mental health days by Laurel Braitman
    School can be rife with stress, anxiety, panic attacks and even burnout -- but there's often no formal policy for students who need to prioritize their well-being. Hailey Hardcastle explains why schools should offer mental health days and allow students time to practice emotional hygiene without stigma. Follow along to learn how she and a team of fellow teens transformed their advocacy into law.

    Why we should all try therapy by Emily Anhalt
    We tend to think of therapy as an approach to fixing problems — you go if you're not happy, not when everything seems fine. Clinical psychologist Emily Anhalt shares her experiences as both therapist and patient to make a compelling case that therapy isn't just a means to an end. "It'll drastically increase the depth and authenticity of your happiness," she says. "Making the necessary space for every feeling that lives in between."

    Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse by Thomas Curran
    Social psychologist Thomas Curran explores how the pressure to be perfect -- in our social media feeds, in school, at work -- is driving a rise in mental illness, especially among young people. Learn more about the causes of this phenomenon and how we can create a culture that celebrates the joys of imperfection.

     

  • Take the mental health screening assessment  
    Take this brief screening (10 minutes or less) to get a score
     

  • Interview a family member about mental health in your family.
    Link opens Word doc with questions.  Feel free to make up your own.  
    Answers won't be shared with others.  If you do this task, just check it off. 
     

 

Practice Self Care: