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Mental Health Toolkit

Mental Wellness Action Plan

Mental Health exists on a continuum from positive, healthy functioning on one end to severe symptoms of mental health conditions at the other.  We all move along the spectrum over our lives depending on the circumstances or stressors present at different times.

This handout is intended for use with a patient, or yourself, to help identify mild anxiety or depression symptoms and suggestions for self-care habits. Download a printable version of the action plan for yourself, a family member, friend, or patient.

Healthy Lifestyle- Food

  • Mediterranean Lifestyle - This Mayo Clinic website describes the Mediterranean lifestyle and diet which is regarded as one of the healthiest ways to eat and live.
  • Plate Model - The plate model is often used to encourage people to eat more green vegetables and fruit. This Harvard University site has the plate model handout in many languages.

Exercise Guidelines for All Ages

Health.Gov website “Move Your Way” has exercise factsheets and guidelines for all ages in English and Spanish.

Sleep Hygiene

National Sleep Foundation

This site includes various medical conditions impeding sleep, tips for better sleep and provider education.

The University of Kansas Health System Turning Point - Resilience Toolbox

The University of Kansas Health System Turning Point - Resilience Toolbox

This site is associated with Turning Point, whose mission is to empower and transform the mind, body and spirit of people living with serious or chronic illness, their families and friends.

Drug/Alcohol Education

  • Rethinking Drinking Booklet – Patient education on alcohol consumption.
  • What is "low-risk drinking" for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)? -This page describes “low risk” drinking for men and women.  Some offices like to post this information in exam rooms.
  • UMKC-SBIRT Education Handouts  (English and Spanish) The UMKC-SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Substance Abuse) patient handouts on alcohol, marijuana, opioids, methamphetamine, prescription stimulants and depressants include descriptions of the effects of the drugs and tips on brief interventions to recommend.

APA – How Stress Affects Your Health (PDF)