Mental Health

Challenge

Mental Health Challenge 

Sign up, Participate in the Challenge, Get Rewards, Get Healthy! 


 

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 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:  November 15th-30th

  • Complete and log 14 mental health tasks in 16 days

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

  • November 30th, take a picture of the card and send it to Denise@yardleyumc.org 

     

Participate in the Challenge, Get Rewards:
 

Complete by 11/30         Earn
4 days                             2 stickers
8 days                             3 stickers and $5 wawa gift card 
10 days                           5 stickers and a $10 wawa gift card
14 days                           5 stickers, $10 wawa 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:

Yardley UMC
Youth Ministries
  

215-493-3345 ext 202

Denise@yardleyumc.org

33

300 Langhorne Yardley Rd
Yardley Pa 19067

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Yardley UMC  

www.yardleyumc.org

215-493-3345 ext 202

Office@yardleyumc.org

33

300 Langhorne Yardley Rd
Yardley Pa 19067

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