Teens: Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Below find a collection of useful self-care resources as well as book lists on mental health.
Self-Care Resources for Teens
Calming Breath GIF
Sync your breath with this geometric shape as it expands and contracts to calm your anxiety.
Calm Meditation App
Try this meditation app to improve your sleep and/or well-being. Although not as robust as the paid version, the free version contains several meditations.
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support from a crisis counselor via a medium that people already use and trust: text.
The notOK App takes the guesswork out of asking for help when you’re feeling vulnerable. It will notify your trusted contacts that they’ve been selected as your support group, so when the time comes and you need to reach out, you’ll just have to open the app and press the large, red notOK button.
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Teens & Young Adults
Resources to help yourself or someone else with a mental health issue.
Yoga with Adriene’s mission is to connect as many people as possible through high-quality, free yoga videos.
Mindfulness for Teens
Resources to help you practice mindfulness, a technique to help you live in the present moment and de-stress.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Video
Watch this video that teaches you how to practice progressive muscle relaxation, which has been shown to counter stress, anxiety, and pain.
Coloring for Stress Reduction
Free printable patterns that you can color to help you get in “flow.”
Guided imagery is a form of focused relaxation that helps create harmony between the mind and body. It is a way of focusing your imagination to create calm, peaceful images in your mind, thereby providing a “mental escape.”
Mental Health Awareness Month Book Lists
Click the book cover to view the title in the Library catalog.
Tough Topics (Nonfiction continued):
Biographies & Memoirs:
Questions? Contact Teen Services at 203.385.4167 or email slateen(at)stratfordlibrary.org.