Never Alone: A Global Mental Health Summit
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Let’s be honest. It’s a stressful time. If you are feeling alone, anxious or just down, or know someone who is, we want you to know you are not alone.
The Never Alone Summit live-streamed to a Global audience on May 22-24, 2020. With over 72 speakers over 18 hours, the Summit shared expert advice, straight talk, personal stories and ideas, along with practices and tools you can use today to elevate your mood, rebalance your thinking, boost your resiliency and even find a little bit of magic.
Now you can view the recorded summit on-demand, completely free.
Some of our speakers were well-known – you’ll recognize people like Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington, Russell Brand, Mariel Hemingway, NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, rapper Jeezy, and Kenneth Cole. Others were noted experts in mental health, wellness and brain science. Amazing musicians, writers and performing artists brought inspiration and hope. But just as important were people like you and me – ordinary folks with extraordinary stories.
Hey, we have all faced mental health and emotional challenges at times. There is so much focus now on protecting your physical health, it can be easy to forget your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. This is a great time to talk openly, eliminate the stigma, and change the way the world treats mental health.
The resources below are from the Summit and beyond, and are designed to help you build an ecosystem in your life that supports your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Explore them, try one or two, and let us know if you have suggestions for resources to add at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this positive film about suicide prevention, Gabriella Wright plays a mother and meditation teacher for prisoners at Amity Foundation LA, comes back from work on a “normal day” and finds her 16 year old son hanging in his room. Life changed in an instant.
Gabriella wants to understand what was going on in her son’s mind. She meets Deepak Chopra and asks all the most difficult questions. How to explain suicide, how to detect suicide? How can we keep living afterward, and is it possible to transform the pain? How?
His answers are a fascinating bridge between ancient wisdom and the latest scientific discoveries. Deepak Chopra’s part in the film is not acting. He opens all his heart and shares his wisdom with a universal simplicity accessible to all audiences.
Find it at: https://iamneveralonefilm.com/
Crisis Support, Treatment, and Counseling
- Living With Mental Health Challenges During the Pandemic: This blog post shares essential resources for crisis support and mental health promotion including suicide prevention, crisis line, online counseling, and support groups.
- Sheppard Pratt: Online Resources for Mental Health: This series of blogs contains excellent free advice for dealing with mental health issues.
- Inner Peace Corps- Tools for Inner Peace: Amandine Roche is teaching the tools of inner peace to heal the trauma experienced by Syrian refugees suffering from mental health issues such as abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety in the camps of Mafraq in Jordan.
- Pathways to Empower - The Resilient Mindset Model: Here is a brief overview that shows just how easy it is to start understanding brain health!
- Mental Health in America's Schools: A Guide to Support Students - Created in conjunction with Mental Health America, this whitepaper provides a guide for school officials and parents to support any students suffering from mental health issues.
- UCSF Department of Psychiatry - Resources to Support Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Professor Elissa Epel (a summit speaker and Brick Foundation board member) has created and curated resources on this page, including expert summaries about mental health issues, video shorts on psychological acute care, free high quality apps, a webinar of world experts on trauma and family, and resources on maintaining and bolstering mental health, including coping with moral distress, grief, and death
- Don’t Deny Me: This campaign/website from The Kennedy Forum educates consumers and providers about patient rights to equal insurance coverage for mental health and addiction treatment services under the Federal Parity Law—and connects them with essential appeals guidance and resources.
Body, Movement and Exercise
- Planet Fitness- United We Move: Free at home "work-ins" live-streamed daily at 7pm ET on the Planet Fitness Facebook page.
- Yoga Journal - Free Yoga Webinar Series: Your daily life may have just dramatically shifted, but now more than ever it's important to keep up your yoga practice. Whether you're self-isolating at home or on the front lines, we're inviting you to a series of (free) live webinar practices offered by Yoga Journal's online education faculty to help you find your center—so you can stay calm when you step off of the mat.
- Healthline- Ten Breathing Exercises: If you’re interested in trying breathing exercises to reduce stress or anxiety, or improve your lung function, we’ve got 10 different ones to sample. You may find that certain exercises appeal to you right away. Start with those so that the practice is more enjoyable.
- The Tapping Solution- Free Coronavirus Stress and Anxiety Collection: These Tapping Meditations will help you release your anxiety so you can support your immune system, feel more at peace, and empowered to take any steps necessary to protect yourself. Please take some time to tap and share with others who need it!
- Sounds True- The Energy Healing Toolkit: Seven FREE Practices to Restore Balance in Mind, Body, and Spirit: Learn Tapping, Qigong, Meditation, Breath Work, and Energy Medicine Techniques from seven premier teachers.
- Kensho Daily- Free and donation-based mind-body classes: A directory of free or donation-based online health & wellness classes.
- CBC- Free, no-equipment online fitness classes: A long list of options that'll give you a really good burn at home.
- Open Learn - Exercise and Mental Health Course: This free course looks at the links between exercise and improved mental health and psychological well-being. This will include consideration of the role of exercise in combating stress, anxiety and depression, and in enhancing mood.
Eating Well and Nutrition
- Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine - Video: Nutrition Above the Neck with Bonnie Kaplan: With multiple nutrients known to play critical roles in brain function, it is logical that a multinutrient approach to treatment of mental disorders would be more effective than single nutrients. Indeed, there is now a significant body of literature demonstrating efficacy for treating various types of mental symptoms with multinutrient formulas.
- Plant Based for Positive Change- Food and Addiction: The INFINITE Study is a groundbreaking research study exploring the effects of implementing a nutrient-dense diet and nutrition education in early addiction recovery.
- Plant Based for Positive Change- A Journey From Pills to Plants: Adam Sud shares his personal story of how he went from pills to plants.
Friendships and Support
- KoreVoices- KoreVoices is Here: We are a community of over 200,000 people overcoming mental health issues by sharing stories and offering support.
- The Pocket Project with Thomas Hubl- Online Support Groups: We offer free zoom calls for integrating heightened stress, fear, and important processes that arise from the massive changes in our lives. Some of these calls will have special topics (e.g. families, economic stress, dealing with isolation, etc.). We invite everyone who is willing to share and participate with an open heart to contribute and also to be a witness to other people’s processes.
- Take Pause- Reducing Teen Anxiety: We are an evidence-based system that is both effective and teenagers find engaging.
- Feel Real- Connect with Other People in Meaningful Online Gatherings: We invite you to join us for online experiences hosted by trusted spaceholders covering a range of topics and styles. While social distancing is imperative for public health and safety right now, the implicit isolation will be dreadful for our well-being. Unless, of course, we come together. FeelReal gatherings are purposefully curated to facilitate a different kind of online connection: One that gives us the space both to listen and be heard as we practice the art of relating as our full selves.
- Reimagine Life- A Dose of Togetherness: A Dose of Togetherness: Presented in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, a 50-minute Zoom call that includes a guided meditation, a special reflection from a guest speaker, and a chance to meet in small-group Togetherness Circles with other participants. These are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12pm PT/3pm EST. Pre-registration (free) is required.
- OptionB.Org is dedicated to helping you build resilience in the face of adversity—and giving you the tools to help your family, friends, and community build resilience too. Here, you can read and share personal stories, join groups for solidarity and support, and find information from experts.
Spitituality and Meaning
- Center for Interfaith Relations - Online Faith Services: Celebrating the diversity of faith traditions, expressing gratitude for our unity, and strengthening the role of faith in society through common action. It is with this mission in mind — and guided by the principle of compassion for our community, ourselves and the earth — that we are highlighting opportunities for contemplation, connection and action during this difficult time.
- Wayfinding by Larissa Conte- Toolkit for Turbulent Times: Wayfinding is the ability to navigate from inner and outer sensing into ever greater alignment. This free bundle of tools and techniques are designed to help you surf these big waves we're in and more deeply access your true power and your capacity to serve your communities.
- Michel Pascal - Mind Dive: More than a meditation app, this is a new type of spiritual media. Download and explore.
Nature and Being Outdoors
- Mark Coleman - Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation is a unique way to be in nature. It is the art of being outdoors with a contemplative presence. Through the power of mindfulness people can cultivate a receptive, open quality of awareness that allows a rich sensitivity and connection to the natural world.
Meditation and Contemplation
- Insight Timer - The #1 free app for sleep, anxiety, and stress. Hundreds of free guided meditations.
- Kaiser Permanente- Audio Meditations for Emotional Wellness: This collection of audio meditations can help you access your body's natural tendency to repair and heal. Through guided imagery and affirmations, you can use your own mind as a complement to traditional medicine. Listen as often as you'd like for maximum benefit.
- Tara Brach - Facing Pandemic Fears with an Awake Heart: While it’s natural to feel fear during times of great collective crisis, our challenge is that fear easily takes over our lives. This talk explores how the mindfulness and compassion of the RAIN meditation can help us find an inner refuge in the face of fear, and deepen our loving connection with each other. You can practice with the meditation excerpt from the talk.
- UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center- Guided Meditations: For an introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own, download the UCLA Mindful App (iTunes / Google Play), stream, or download the guided meditations below. Recorded by UCLA MARC's Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Winston.
- Sounds True- Reslience in Challenging Times: A care package for the Sounds True community. In response to the growing uncertainty and heightened stress during this unprecedented time, we have created this special digital care package to help you navigate the coming days with mindfulness, compassion, and presence. Please share and enjoy these free resources—we can all use some support!
- HeartMath- The HearthMath Experience: This interactive program is especially appropriate during these times for maintaining emotional balance, mental clarity and sustaining resilience. The content is uplifting and provides scientifically validated tools for managing stress and anxiety – which we need now more than ever. The program also provides techniques for connecting with your heart’s intuitive directions for the best choices in whatever your life situation calls for. You will learn how love, kindness and compassion help improve our immune system, health and self-security. We sincerely feel these practical tools can be valuable in helping you navigate through these unpredictable and challenging times with more ease and clarity.
- Mind Possible Training with Sean McNamara- Guided Meditation and Vagus Nerve Stimulation: The perfect combination for developing an effective meditation practice. Use the Vagus Nerve Stimulation techniques to bring you into the optimal para-sympathetic state, then continue with the guided meditation sessions.
- Arianna Huffington: Audible Sleep: free relaxation and sleep meditations with Diddy, Nick Jonas, and others.
Art, Music and Creativity
- Lisacast - Virtual Reality for Stress Reduction: Looking for a distraction while you’re at home? Here are 40 FREE and family-friendly, inspirational, and stress-relieving virtual reality applications.
- OfSubstance - Films that Inspire: These films are tools for support, healing, communication, and education that immerse audiences while allowing them to connect emotionally and share a profound experience.
- StoryCorps- StoryCorps Connect: A first-of-its kind platform that enables you to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video conference technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
- Travel and Leisure Virtual Museums- Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch
- With This Hope In My Heart: Join with thousands of young people from all parts of the world in this amazing song/video project. Be part of something incredible and make a difference - watch this video to find out how.
- Of Substance: These films are tools for support, healing, communication, and education that immerse audiences while allowing them to connect emotionally and share a profound experience. Of Substance is a nonprofit film company that creates premium, entertaining short films to create awareness around challenging topics and marginalized groups.
General Mental Wellness
- Jewel - Never Broken: Your personal road map to help you calm anxiety and access your own inner knowing so you can learn to make happiness a habit.
- Dr. Dan Siegel - The Healthy Mind Platter: Seven daily essential mental activities necessary for optimum mental health. These daily activities make up the full set of “mental nutrients” that your brain and relationships need to function at their best. These essential mental activities strengthen your brain's internal connections and your connections with other people and the world around you.
- Dr. Rick Hanson - Being Resilient During Coronavirus: During times like this, it’s natural to feel afraid, anxious, or threatened. The brain has evolved to react quickly to threats, and it’s easy for there to be a sense of helplessness associated with problems that appear far beyond our control. But being consumed by fear causes wear and tear on the body, which actually undermines your safety. That’s why it’s so important to look for ways to be effective and express our agency, even if it’s only through how we choose to think about things. Here you’ll find suggestions and resources for how to do just that during this challenging time.
- Daily Meetings for Recovery - Recovery Dharma Online organizes daily meetings accessible via computer, smartphone, or dial-in. Together we meditate, study Buddhist teachings, and support each other on our paths to sobriety and peace.
- The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley: The Science of Happiness: An online course exploring the roots of a happy, meaningful life.
- Hopeful Minds - Hopeful Minds is a new curriculum project developed by iFred, the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression. It is based on research that suggests hope is a teachable skill. Our aim is to equip students, educators, and parents with the tools they need to find and maintain hope even during the most trying of times.
- Yale on Coursera - The Science of Well-Being: In this free online course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.
- The Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network-Name Your Emotions: The Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network shows how naming your emotions is an easy first step toward practicing emotional intelligence.
- Meru Health- Digital Clinic for Greater Mental Health: Our team of expert clinicians has compiled a validated list of national and online resources to help you during a time when you may need the support most! We have broken topics down by category, and at the end of the page, have included a brief assessment tool you can use to better understand if any of the emotional challenges you may be facing, could be characterized by clinical depression or anxiety.
- OutlierMag- Mental Health Magazine: A new online magazine and resource devoted to covering the latest in mental health news.
- Stigma Podcast- Stigma Podcast: Stories of addiction, mental illness, recovery, hope and wellness with input from clincians, addicts, entrepreneurs and advocates for mental health.
- Scarcity Complex Podcast with J Wurster: Do you ever feel like you have this nagging voice that tells you that you are not enough or that there isn't enough in the world today? Well, you are not alone. This podcast will be a heartfelt, honest, and playful exploration of what it means to be truly human and all of who we are. We'll explore topics such as vulnerability, shame, self-expression, and a whole lot more. But most of all, we'll do it together.