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Great Gives for National Mental Health Month

It is National Mental Health Month, a month where we can look at our personal well being and mental health. We are all living through some hard times right now as we continue to learn how to cope with a global pandemic. It’s not surprising that a lot of us are struggling to cope with restrictions, which is affecting our mental health and overall well-being. For national mental health day, we present to you some tips on improving your mental health through giving to others, the planet, and yourself.

Giving and Mental Health

For those of you who don’t know, giving feels good. When you give, endorphins kick in and serotonin levels increase, naturally boosting your mental well-being. Giving also decreases your cortisol levels – so all that stress you have been feeling about the pandemic can be washed away! Now let’s talk about some gives you can do that will improve your mental health.


National mental Health Month

National Mental Health Month Giving Ideas

Today, we’re going to talk about self-care. And no, not the self-care where I tell you to have a bath and light a scented candle – even though that’s always a nice and relaxing idea. No, we’re going to talk about self – care that can truly help you improve your mental wellbeing. When you start to feel down, ask yourselves these questions:

  • Have I eaten today? 

Having a full stomach is important for you to feel your best. If you haven’t eaten yet, consider going to a local food market or ordering food from a local restaurant. This way you give yourself energy and nutrition and you support local.

  • Have I been outside today?

Being outside in nature can do wonders for your mental health and well-being. Just going outside for a short walk can break up your day and make you feel rejuvenated. On your walk, you can give by picking up some litter and putting it in the garbage or recycling.

  • Have I talked to a friend or relative today? 

If you are feeling lonely in your home, it’s likely that someone you know is too. Give a friend or relative a call and ask how they are doing. Getting in a good soul nourishing conversation with a loved one can really boost your – and your loved ones – gratitude and mental well-being.

  • Have I been physically active today?

My favourite way to get active is to have a good ole fashioned dance party. Crank some tunes and get your body moving and jiving. While you’re at it, why not video call a friend and have a virtual dance party! Not only will you be giving to yourself by moving your body, you will also be giving joy and laughter to a friend which can boost their mental well-being too.

  • How well did I sleep last night? 

If you feel like you’re a little off, it could be because you did not sleep well the night before. Give to yourself by going to bed early tonight and catching up on some well needed rest. While you’re at it, save energy and give to the planet by turning off all your lights before going to bed!

  • Do I feel like I tried everything but have not contacted a professional yet?

Now this give is all for yourself. It’s important to care for ourselves when we need it most. So, if you feel like you have tried everything, contact a hotline or a professional and get further help so you can go back to feeling yourself again. Not sure where to start? Check out the links below!

Global Mental Health Resources

United for Global Mental Health

International Mental Health Support

YMCA International Suicide Line

These gives, coupled with the natural physical effects of giving, are sure to give you a boost on days you don’t feel 100% yourself. Try out one of these gives and let us know how it goes for you by submitting your experience on our webpage once you have signed up for your free membership. Happy National Mental health Month!




What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)