TAA Recognizes Mental Health Month

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Wellness Wednesday – May 31

Take a Mental Health Break! 11:11am
In our final installment of Wellness Wednesday, the DEI Committee encourages everyone to take moments for yourself each day.

Each of us experiences stressors, and sometimes you just need a ‘time out’! So, today, at 11:11am we invite you to take an 11-minute wellness break, and afterwards, post a pic of what you did at #TAAWellnessWednesday. If you can't make it at that time, anytime today works!

What to do with your 11 minutes? Suggestions from the committee include take a walk; sit in a relaxing amenity space (pool); have a healthy snack; call a family member or friend; stretch; meditate or listen to calming music.

And, speaking of calming … Mel Mah, with Calm.com shares 5 quick strategies:

  1. Close your eyes and take three slow, deep breaths.
  2. Smile at a stranger. Maybe even throw them a compliment.
  3. Move your body!
  4. Slow down as you eat.
  5. Find one thing a day to be grateful for.


Happy Hump Day, and here’s wishing you much success on your wellness journey!

NAA Webinar Series:
NAA’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 22-25, 2pm

Learn strategies for leaving work stress at work, understanding trauma, managing burnout plus further challenges and coping tools. Use the hashtag #NAAMentalHealthWeek to share your company’s journey through mental health and shine a light on a topic that affects us all.

Each webinar is free of charge.

Wellness Wednesday – May 17

Active Listening: What is it and why is it important in mental health?

What is it?
As part of communication, active listening is a structured way of listening and responding to others. When actively listening, your attention is focused on the other person in an attempt to understand, interpret, and evaluate what they are telling you. The key is to communicate without judgment.

Why is it important in mental health?
A few reasons are:

- It is the groundwork for effective communication. Active listening validates the speaker. People like to know that they are being heard and understood.

- It helps you build connections. Active listening helps others feel comfortable sharing information with you. It helps you build trust: People are more likely to confide in you when they know they can speak freely with you without judgment and interruptions.

Below are 6 steps for Active Listening:

  1. Practice empathy
  2. Avoid Judgement
  3. Listen without interrupting
  4. Ask open-ended questions
  5. Summarize and clarify
  6. Express support

 Sources: Therapeutic Listening for Mental Health Challenges; CCOHS; NAMI

Wellness Wednesday, May 10, 2023

There are resources available to help in almost any area of your mental wellness journey. Here's a look at 13 of the best mental health apps, as outlined by Healthline.com. 

Wellness Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Mental Health and its effects permeate our local, regional, and national
headlines on a daily basis. Over the next few Wednesdays, TAA’s DEI Committee
will spotlight resources that might be helpful for you or those in your circle of influence.

Don’t suffer in silence, you are not alone – reach out.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) / Wake County

Community Connections Healthcare Services
Email: connections@cchs-nc.com
Website: https://www.cchs-nc.com/community-based-human-service-agency-counseling-services


Phone: 1-855-587-3463, or, text: ‘hope” to 1-855-587-3463