A newsletter from Johnson County Mental Health Center
Mental Health Moment
Staying mentally and physically active this winter

As we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic and begin spending more time indoors, it's more important than ever to stay active. We know the struggle. Exercise may not feel like a priority right now, especially as we grapple with shorter and colder days ahead. However, staying active is incredibly beneficial for both our minds and bodies. It can help boost our mood, reduce stress and anxiety and improve sleep. 

This fall we’ve created something to get you moving. Our Health & Wellness Bingo Card has a mix of activities to keep you active and hopefully provide some motivation. While we’ve emphasized how important it is to get physically active this fall, we also must prioritize our mental health. So, we’ve included activities like journaling, social media breaks, practicing gratitude, taking an online mental health screening and more.
Mental health and physical health are interconnected. What we do with our physical body - from what we eat to how much we exercise get - can affect our mental state. On the other hand, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are. When we take care of our physical health, we are taking steps to nourish our mental health and overall wellness.

Complete your bingo card to be entered in a gift card giveaway drawing by:
  • Drop your completed bingo card in person at our Olathe office (1125 W. Spruce St. Olathe, KS 66061).
  • Mail your completed bingo card to Prevention Services 1125 W. Spruce St. Olathe, KS 66061.
  • Email a photo or scanned version of your completed card to kansasstrongertogether@jocogov.org.

Drawings will be held in November, December and January. Winners will be contacted through information provided on the completed bingo card.

Take on the challenge and share your journey! Tag us at @JOCOMNH on Facebook,Instagram and/or Twitter. Complete a bingo or even go for a blackout.
Resources for your mental health
Upcoming events
Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. 
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.