Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Basic Meditation and Relaxation Practices
Healthy Osprey recognizes that good health begins within from both the physical body and in the thoughts of our mind, therefore we recommend trying a yoga or meditation class. The word "Yoga" means "union" and implies a harnessing together and a unifying of body, mind and spirit. Yoga is a practice of meditation in motion, and when done regularly, is an excellent mind/body practice for people who wish to move towards greater levels of health. Mindful yoga is about practicing with awareness of physical sensations, breathing, emotions, and thoughts from moment to moment with unconditional acceptance. If yoga is practiced regularly you will notice many benefits to your physical and mental health. Regular practice will increase your musculoskeletal flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as help you to enter states of deep relaxation and awareness. Many people experience greater serenity about life in general after consistent yoga practice.
There are three main things to keep in mind when practicing yoga:
- Do your version of the posture. Yoga is not about competition, it is an internal practice. Listen to your body.
- Go to your edge but not beyond. Be present. The key to being present is paying attention moment-to-moment without judgment. Welcoming all sensations just as they are. Being present is a skill you develop over time with practice. Being present allows a deeper understanding of ourselves and we take this understanding off our mats and into our daily lives.
- Breathe. If you did nothing else but sit and breathe through your entire practice, you would gain many benefits. Breathe: slow, steady and deep.
On Campus Resources
- Counseling Center - The mission of the Counseling Center is to enhance students' total educational experience by providing a confidential and supportive environment where student concerns can be shared and explored. Center services assist students with their personal development and enhance their potential for academic success.
- Interfaith Center - To engage the UNF campus around religious pluralism, support the religious and non-religious identities of students, and provide distinctive programs and services for students to voice values, engage with others, act together, and lead others to do likewise.
- Mental Health Resource Center (MHRC) - Services provided: Comprehensive mental health services including emergency evaluation and crisis stabilization for children and adults, case management, social rehabilitation, medication management and other outpatient services for persons living in Duval County east of the St. Johns River including the beaches.
- River Regions Human Services - Services provided: Mental health case management, supported housing, and rehabilitative services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Please contact agency for specific information. Also under the administration of River Region Human Services are two Peer staffed Drop-In Centers for persons with mental health or co-occurring substance use disorders.
Mental Health/Substance Abuse Treatment Providers: