During National Mental Health Awareness Month, the EACC is providing the UAB community with resources on a variety of tools to aid mental health. Check this page each week in May for online tools and virtual activities — select a week below.

Also, explore the EACC's line-up of mental health aids including a variety of classes, support services, digital tools and more. And follow the EACC on Facebook and Instagram for weekly mental health directives and encouragements.

Mental Health Month Tools

Week 4: Taking Time for Yourself

Taking Time for Yourself

  • Fact Sheet: Taking Time for Yourself
    There are always a handful of roles that each of us are juggling. If you are a parent, a student, an employee, a caretaker, someone struggling with a mental health concern, or are just feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of day-to-day life, the idea of taking time for yourself may seem unimaginable. Sometimes it can be difficult to even take basic care of ourselves — but there are small things that can be done to make self-care and taking time for ourselves a little bit easier.
  • Worksheet: Prioritizing Self-Care
    When we have a lot on our plates or we are facing mental health challenges, it can feel easy to push our own needs to the side. However, making time for ourselves is essential to our overall well-being. Use this worksheet to help you better understand what is holding you back from taking time for yourself and your needs.

Week 1: Processing Big Change

Processing Big Change

  • Fact Sheet: Processing Big Change
    Change is a guaranteed part of life. It’s something everyone experiences at one point or another — good or bad. Sometimes that change happens in big ways when we aren’t expecting it or aren’t prepared for it. These types of situations can make navigating your path forward really difficult. By providing yourself with tools for processing change, you can adapt more easily.
  • Worksheet: Dealing with Change
    Use this worksheet as a tool to process an existing or upcoming change that you are facing.

Week 2: Adapting After Trauma & Stress

Adapting After Trauma & Stress

  • Fact Sheet: Adapting After Trauma and Stress
    We all face trauma, adversity, and other stresses throughout our lives. When people think of trauma, they often think of things like abuse, terrorism, or catastrophic events (big ‘T’ trauma). Trauma can also be caused by events that may be less obvious but can still overwhelm your capacity to cope, like frequent arguing at home or losing your job (little ‘t’ trauma). Trauma of any kind can be hard on your mental health but working on becoming more resilient can help you feel more at ease.
  • Worksheet: Processing Trauma and Stress
    After a traumatic experience, it can be helpful to get your thoughts outside of your head. Writing down your experiences can help you gain perspective about your situation and help to reduce how distressing they are.

Week 3: Getting out of Thinking Traps

Getting out of Thinking Traps

  • Fact Sheet: Getting out of Thinking Traps
    It’s easy to fall into negative thinking patterns and spend time bullying yourself, dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future. It’s part of how we’re wired – the human brain reacts more intensely to negative events than to positive ones and is more likely to remember insults than praise. During tough times, negative thoughts are especially likely to spiral out of control. When these thoughts make something out to be worse in your head than it is in reality, they are called cognitive distortions.
  • Worksheet: Dealing with Worst Case Scenarios
    Going to the worst-case scenario (aka catastrophic thinking or thinking the worst) is one of the most common thinking traps we fall into. Thinking about the worst-case scenario can help you feel like you’re preparing to protect yourself from getting hurt in the future or to imagine what is the worst thing that can happen so you can re‑ect and know you can survive no matter what. Unfortunately, problems come up when you have worst-case scenario thoughts and you’re not aware of them enough that they control you, vs you controlling them. This pattern of thinking can result in circular thinking (or ruminating) in ways that pull you into a rut, bring your feelings down, make depression worse, cause you to avoid your responsibilities, and increase anxiety.

Mental Health Screens

Online mental health screenings are a fast, free and confidential way to check for signs of mental health issues. Check out some of the available online screens below.
Please note — online screens are not a substitute for consultation with a health professional. Regardless of the results of a screen, if you have any concerns, see your doctor, counselor or other mental health professional.

  • Mental Health America: MHA offers free, confidential and anonymous mental health tests for depression, anxiety, work health, addiction and more — plus guidance for those unsure of which test they should take.
  • UAB Medicine Wellbeing Index: This online self assessment tool allows users to measure burnout, assess valuable resources and compare their scores to peers, as well as track progress overtime to promote self awareness.
  • Additional Online Screening: See EACC's list of available mental health screens focused on burnout, depression, eating disorders, PTSD and veterans issues, and more.