May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949, providing an opportunity to reflect on ways we can promote mental health recovery. We encourage all to participate by:
- Challenging mental health stigma with questions and by remaining curious. Some great questions to ask yourself include:
- “What assumptions do I make about mental health issues?”
- “Do I feel comfortable talking to someone about mental health?”
- Leading by example. Make health and wellness a priority. It can definitely affect your mental well-being.
- Getting involved! Be a champion for recovery and advocate for mental health resources.
- Joining us at the VA Palo Alto Farmers’ Market on the Palo Alto campus. We’ll be available every Wednesday in May 2018 from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. to learn more about mental health resources.
Mental Health Tool of the Week: The 3 C’s
Have you ever found yourself caught in a vicious cycle of negative and unhelpful thinking?
Your mind is a powerful storyteller! It can create beliefs about yourself, other people, and the world that can affect how you feel and impact your actions. With practice and conscious effort, it is possible to shift your thinking and enhance your overall mental well-being. One strategy is called, ‘Catch it, Check it, Change it’, based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
- Step 1: Catch it – Notice unhelpful and negative thoughts. Use your emotions as cues. Notice signal words like always or never.
- Step 2: Check it – Pause and reflect on the accuracy and helpfulness of that thought. What’s the evidence to support it?
- Step 3: Change it – Use your evidence to create a more realistic and helpful thought.
Here are a few mental health services that are available for Veterans and the public:
- Veterans Crisis Line: call 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1 at the prompt), send a text message to 838255, or chat online.
- Make the Connection
- Coaching Into Care (for families): 1-888-823-7458
- Mental Health community clinical professionals can send inpatient referrals to VAPAHCS by calling 1-650-493-5000, ext. 65577
- VAPAHCS Women Veterans Program
- VAPAHCS LGBT Veterans Program
- VA Self- Help Mobile Applications
- VAPAHCS Advice Nurse (for medical concerns): 1-800-455-0057 (Press 4)
- Homeless Veterans Help Line: 1-877-424-3838
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
To determine eligibility for VA services, please call (650) 493-5000, ext. 66266, or stop by the Admissions and Eligibility office at one of our locations.