Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949.

Welcome to the 2021 Mental Health Month Toolkit!


Your mental health deserves attention every day – in good times and bad. This past year has challenged our mental health on so many levels. Integral Care and NAMI Central Texas created a toolkit for the community designed to support your mental health all year long. We hope these tools help you build resilience as we continue to move forward. It’s essential to our health and well-being that everyone has access to the mental health support they need.

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Therapy 101

Sometimes, even when we’re doing all the right things to stay well, we may still need help. The stress of the last year is making us all more aware of the need to support our mental health. Therapy can help us build new skills and fill our toolbox so we have what we need to manage the road bumps in life.  We’ve put together some information on therapy to help you know when and how to get help…READ MORE

Eugene Wellington, LMSW, Integral Care’s Child and Family Services
How to Start “The Conversation”

Telling a loved one that you’re worried about their mental health may seem like a tricky conversation. But it’s very important and can be as easy as checking in with that person to let them know you care about them and that they are not alone. That conversation could even save someone’s life. We asked several Integral Care therapists to weigh in with tips on starting the conversation….READ MORE

Kathryn Gates
Why Is My Mental Health Harder to Manage During Times of Anxiety?

Therapists are a wealth of knowledge and tips on how to manage mental health challenges. We asked a few great practitioners in our community about mental health challenges, approaches, and resources…READ MORE

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12 Simple Hacks to Calm Emotions

Managing your emotions, especially in times of stress and anxiety, isn’t easy. Our brain’s limbic system handles both our emotional and physical response to emotion. And when that system is over-activated, it can be hard to come down. Luckily, there are simple tools to help calm you down and feel more grounded…..READ MORE

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11 Mental Health Podcasts You Don’t Want to Miss

Podcasts give us an opportunity to learn, laugh, and be inspired. They are easy to listen to in the car, while you’re on a walk, or doing the dishes. There are many ways to access podcasts online or on your phone. Some free examples including Stitcher, Luminary, Spotify, Laughable, Podbean, Castbox, RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts and Player FM…Read More

13 Instagram Accounts to Boost Your Mood

Many of us spend time on social media, scrolling past images that can make us feel down about ourselves, putting us at risk for depression or other mental health issues. Why not fill your feed with accounts that boost your mood and soothe your soul…READ MORE

Gratitude Improves Mental Health

Building a daily practice of gratitude has the power to change your brain chemistry. It can reduce stress, increase optimism, and lead to both better mental and physical health. It’s a win-win! Below are simple gratitude prompts you can print and place around your home or office, add to a lunchbox, or mail to loved ones to encourage gratitude every day…READ MORE

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Wait… That’s Self-care?

If you follow the Pinterest or Instagram portrait of self-care, you can get a very rosy picture of someone getting a massage, taking a fancy vacation, or doing a juice fast with a big smile on their face. There are many myths around self-care, even with growing interest and awareness of self-care to promote mental and physical well-being…READ MORE

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Our mental health and is just as important as our physical health. Whether you’re experiencing depression, physical symptoms of stress (like headaches and difficulty sleeping), or a more serious mental health issue, professional help is available. Regardless of whether you have health insurance or not. Check out this list of options for free emotional-support…READ MORE

For free 24/7 emotional support, call Integral Care at 512-472-4357.
Visit NAMI Central Texas to check out support groups for adults, family members, and more.