Five Useful Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month

We're sharing five mental health resources that have helped our team both personally and professionally.

By: Derek Davis

As you read the title of this blog post, you may have asked: “Slide Nine is a PR and marketing agency, why are they sharing tools and resources for mental health?” A valid question, but also one we have thought about at length. 

According to the World Health Organization, “mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make healthy choices.” By that definition, each and every person on planet Earth has mental health. 

As PR/Comms professionals, we understand that our profession often comes with changing deadlines and high stress levels, and we wanted to provide resources that can help both personally and professionally.

We believe that continuing to bring awareness to mental health will help to chip away at the stigma and in doing so, will result in more people getting the help they need. Mental illness has impacted our entire team, whether through lived experience, family or friends or both, and because of that we wanted to share the mental health tools and resources that have helped some of our team in their own mental health journey.

While we are not mental health professionals, we want to do our small part to potentially reach someone who may be in need. As Mental Health Awareness Month continues, take a look at our list, and if you feel compelled to do so, give the tools a try.

  1. Psychology Today - This platform makes locating a provider simple and effective. You can search using a variety of criteria such as type of insurance accepted, location, reason for visit, cost and many more.
  2. Mental Health America - This national nonprofit organization offers a wide variety of resources for mental health treatment. Members of our team have found hope and success by using their pro-bono counseling service and attending their support groups.
  3. Breathwrk App - This science-backed breathing exercise app features a variety of exercises to help with anxiety, sleep and insomnia, ADHD and focus and relaxation. 
  4. How We Feel App - This user-friendly app is great for tracking your emotions and spotting patterns over time. When difficult emotions are logged, videos with actionable coping strategies are provided.
  5. Insight Timer App - Featuring the world’s largest free library of over 170 thousand guided meditations, 17 thousand meditation teachers and a meditation timer, this is the perfect app for starting or continuing your meditation practice.

We hope these tools and resources are useful. We wish you well on your mental health journey. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.