Enhancing Mental Health to Prevent Relapse
Mental Wellness Month
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP
AllCEUs Counselor Education

Group/Family/Individual Activity Supplies
Summary
-Mental health is a biopsychosocial issue
-A healthy body, positive emotional experiences, effective thinking strategies, positive environments and healthy interpersonal relationships are essential
-A weakness in any of these areas can contribute to extended distress and HPA-Axis dysregulation which can lead to mental health or addiction relapse.

Additional Resources
Perspective https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxCCveTbviM
Group activities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn2tgq-UoVw&
Sleep https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=sleep
Nutrition https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=nutrition
Pain Management https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=pain
Relaxation: https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=relaxation
Happiness https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=happiness
Awe https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=awe
Gratitude https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=gratitude
Thinking Errors: https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=cognitive
7 Habits for Mental Health: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAnwltZ_Ge8
Perspective and Radical Acceptance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxCCveTbviM
Environmental Strategies: https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=environmental
Positive Environments and Energy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b65W_5j_rtY
Nature Therapy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9Jga0yU6n0
Attachment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uy25DES_pk
Love Languages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hMtuFztEGw
Self Esteem: https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=self%20esteem
Forgiveness: https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=forgiveness
Boundaries and Authenticity: https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=boundaries
Temperament: https://www.youtube.com/user/allceuseducation/search?query=temperament

Objectives
Group/Family/Individual Activity Supplies
– Beach ball: Each color is a different PACER dimension.
– Tell me one thing you can do in this area to improve your recovery
– Tell me one thing in this area you struggled with this week and what you did to adfinger fortune tellerdress it
– Multicolored note cards that correspond with Jenga blocks or Twister Dots
– Green: Physical (What is the HPA-Axis?)
– Yellow: Affective/Cognitive (Identify and address the cognitive distortion. )
– Blue: Environmental
– Red: Relational (one way to improve self esteem)
Activity Supplies
– Taboo cards made with index cards (mindfulness, HPA-Axis, proteins, water, sleep, adenosine, awe, forgiveness)
– Package tags and crayons or markers and a branch or a decorated box for gratitude
– Decorated box or jar for “shelving” that which we cannot control
– Family Feud Poster Boards
– What are the top 10 ways to improve sleep / manage pain/improve nutrition
– What are the top 5 ways that sleep helps improve mental and physical health
Activity Supplies
– Plant a garden (IOP). Each client plants a plant that represents their recovery. Each day clients start the session watering and weeding the plant and discuss what they did to water and weed their goal.
– Construction paper for chain links, “brick pavers” or flowers
– Envelopes, strips of paper and pens for self esteem activity
– Paper for Mindfulness fortune tellers
Relapse
– Relapse is a return to a prior state of being
– We return to old people, places, things, behaviors which make us vulnerable to relapse when
– We experience physical or emotional distress (HALT)
– We are NOT experiencing happiness
Enhancing Mental Health to Prevent Relapse
– Physical—
– Sleep
– Nutrition
– Circadian Rhythms
– Medication
– Minimize drugs: Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine
– Pain Management
– Relaxation / Sharpen the saw

Summary
– Mental health is a biopsychosocial issue
– A healthy body, positive emotional experiences, effective thinking strategies, positive environments and healthy interpersonal relationships are essential
– A weakness in any of these areas can contribute to extended distress and HPA-Axis dysregulation which can lead to mental health or addiction relapse.

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