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Northern library

Columbus Metropolitan Library: Northern Lights Branch

4093 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43224

Mental Health Awareness and Managing Stress and Building Resilience

Session Objectives:

  1. Understanding Stress:

   – Define stress and its different forms.

   – Identify personal stress triggers and symptoms.

  1. Stress Reduction Techniques:

   – Introduce and practice relaxation techniques (e.g., deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation).

   – Explore mindfulness and its role in stress reduction.

  1. Building Resilience:

   – Explain the concept of resilience and its importance in mental health.

   – Discuss strategies to enhance resilience (e.g., positive thinking, problem-solving skills).

  1. Healthy Coping Mechanisms:

   – Identify unhealthy coping mechanisms and their consequences.

   – Introduce healthy coping strategies (e.g., exercise, creative outlets, social support).

  1. Self-Care and Well-Being:

   – Explore the concept of self-care and its role in maintaining mental health.

   – Create a personalized self-care plan.

Session Outline:

Introduction (10 minutes):

– Welcome and establish a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere.

– Briefly introduce the session’s objectives.

– Encourage participants to share their experiences with stress.

Understanding Stress (15 minutes):

– Define stress and its physical and emotional manifestations.

– Discuss common stressors and triggers.

– Conduct an interactive activity to identify personal stressors.

Stress Reduction Techniques (20 minutes):

– Introduce and practice deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation techniques.

– Discuss the benefits of mindfulness in reducing stress.

– Guide a short mindfulness exercise.

Building Resilience (15 minutes):

– Explain the concept of resilience and its significance.

– Discuss factors that contribute to resilience.

– Engage in a group discussion on personal resilience traits and experiences.

Healthy Coping Mechanisms (20 minutes):

– Identify common unhealthy coping mechanisms (e.g., substance abuse, avoidance).

– Introduce and discuss healthy coping strategies (e.g., exercise, creative expression).

– Encourage participants to share their preferred coping methods.

Self-Care and Well-Being (20 minutes):

– Explain the importance of self-care in maintaining mental health.

– Guide participants in creating a personalized self-care plan.

– Share resources for self-care and well-being.

Summary and Q&A (10 minutes):

– Summarize key points from the session.

– Invite questions and comments from participants.

– Provide additional resources for further support and learning.

* Next Steps:

– Assign a self-care activity from the personalized plans created.

– Encourage participants to practice stress reduction and resilience-building techniques regularly.

– Offer resources for further reading or support, such as books, apps, or local mental health services.