Mental Health & Wellness Resources
Artwork detail: Asia Tail, 2019 Fellowship recipient
For this week’s Mental Health and Wellness Monday, we want to share a list of resources and tools to better your mental health and wellness. Check out all of these resources below!
NAMI Seattle BIPOC Support Group
This group is open to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color seeking support around mental health issues. This group meets every Tuesday, 5-6pm on zoom.
The BIPOC Link-Up focuses on topics that promote positive well-being for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to connect, build community, share resources, discuss racial equity, promote healing, & make an impact. This group meets bi-weekly on zoom.
Guides and Toolkits
Artist Wellness Video Series
Artist Relief is producing a weekly video series on the subject of wellness. These sessions are led by artists representing a broad spectrum of creative practices and voices, and include discussions of movement, meditation, herbalism, sound therapy and music, poetry/writing prompts, and more. Each video is created by a different artist for the broader artistic community.
Arts in Health
Art Walla has created an ongoing video series of artists sharing ways they can use art to better their mental health and wellness.
BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit
Mental Health America
In this toolkit are lists of resources specifically for Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ communities; handouts on racism and mental health and racial trauma; an infographic built from Mental Health America screening data on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ mental health; and more – including a Call to Action for people to share how discrimination and/or racism have affected their mental health, using the hashtag #ImpactofTrauma.
Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
Guidance for a Better Mental Health
Rehab 4 Addiction
The coronavirus might affect not only your physical wellbeing but also your mental health. As we might be instructed to stay home due to the pandemic, the mental health symptoms might worsen. Here are some tips, tools, and other resources to better your mental health during this time.
Meditation. For Us, By Us.
Liberate is the #1 meditation app for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community.
Frye Art Museum
In this uncertain time, the practice of mindfulness meditation can offer a sense of calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. The Frye Art Museum is offering virtual Mindfulness Meditation sessions throughout the summer.
Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
This online MBSR training course is 100% free, created by a fully certified MBSR instructor, and is based on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
The Hilarious World of Depression
Clinical depression is one of the most common and yet most stigmatized mental health conditions. And not all forms of depression are created equal. Depression can take as many forms as there are people who have it. That’s what host John Moe hopes you’ll take away from his numerous interviews with public figures like Darryl McDaniels from hip-hop group Run-DMC and Peter Sagal of the popular NPR show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”
Tune in with Adriana Alejandre, LMFT to the weekly podcast that discusses mental health topics related to Latinas, Latinos and Latinx individuals in efforts to demystify myths and diagnoses. Cultural and commonly stigmatized themes will be discussed with Latinx mental health professionals, psychiatrists, doctors, bloggers, tv personalities, social media influencers, entrepreneurs and many more. Spanish segments are aired every other week!
Mental Illness Happy Hour
So many of us have dealt with mental and emotional trauma in our lives. Yet so few of us feel comfortable or even safe talking about it out loud. Host Paul Gilmartin hopes to change this with his lauded podcast, “Mental Illness Happy Hour.” Gilmartin interviews a variety of noted figures and celebrities about their experiences with mental illness or trauma.
Therapy for Black Girls
Founded by clinical psychologist Joy Harden Bradford, “Therapy for Black Girls” offers mental health resources and advice for both personal and professional development for African American women and beyond. Bradford also helps demystify therapy itself and the stigma surrounding it with her doctorate-level background in counseling psychology from the University of Georgia.
Wellness for Makers
My mission is to motivate and empower artists like you through education, mindful-living, and movement! In each episode, I will make information about the body more accessible by teaching you the tips, tricks, and strategies I use in my everyday routine.
Self Care + Studio Practices
Each video focuses on some of the common problems faced by artists with an active studio practice and includes tips that help relieve strain and reduce the risk of injury.
Grounding Techniques for Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Trauma Symptoms & Racing Thoughts
Dr. Maria Espinola
In this video, Dr. Maria Espinola shares grounding skills for panic attacks, high anxiety, trauma symptoms (e.g. dissociation, flashbacks), and racing thoughts.
Click here to watch the video.
Coping with COVID: Centering Wellness and Self Care for Creatives
In this online workshop Rhonda Wheatley leads a consideration of how this challenging period is highlighting changes artists might implement after the world settles into whatever new normal is emerging. Wheatley closes the workshop with a relaxing and grounding guided meditation and leave artists with wellness practices they may use on their own after the workshop.
Click here to view the workshop.
The Nap Ministry
The Nap Ministry engages with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred and safe spaces for the community to rest together. They facilitate immersive workshops and curate performance art that examines rest as a radical tool for community healing.
Mental Health and Wellness Mondays is a bi-weekly program from October 2020-December 2020 consisting of artist stories, resource sharing, workshops, and webinars that center self-care and encourage rest and resilience. Our goal is to provide a platform for Washington State artists to share the tools and resources they use to better their mental health and wellness, including how self-care might be incorporated as part of their artistic practice so that we all benefit.
Click here to learn how our staff engages in self-care!