Mind Matters at Home, presented by Ascension Seton, brings mental health experts and advocates straight into your home to share valuable information and tools for deepening our community’s understanding and managing of mental health during the challenging situation caused by the coronavirus.
When possible, each Mind Matters session is recorded so our community can continue to use these valuable resources. Scroll below the upcoming events for the available recordings and materials.
While back-to-school time is usually an exciting and busy time, students, parents, and teachers face new worries as the disruptions and uncertainties caused by COVID-19 continue. Worried parents can inadvertently make children and teens feel more anxious too. Join Meagan Butler and Wanda Montemayor, two former AISD Counselors of the year, for this interactive session incorporating neuroscience-based regulation skills and brain aligned strategies. They will share techniques for parents on how to manage their back-to-school anxiety, help children cope with changes to routine, and address their children's fears about going back to school. Register
Building mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal conflict-resolution skills can help people cope with sudden, intense surges of emotion and help individuals and families maintain positive relationships and safety. Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a highly effective therapeutic model that helps people manage intense emotions and behaviors that interfere with quality of life. Join NAMI Central Texas and Penny Kruger, LCSW-Supervisor and Director at Austin DBT Associates, as we learn about DBT, how it works, who might benefit, and how to "shop" for a provider. Register
Recordings and materials
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Mind Matters, presented by Ascension Seton, brings mental health experts and advocates together to share information, tools and experience with the goal of advancing our community’s understanding of mental illness and increasing awareness of the resources available.
Mind Matters events are free and open to the public and are typically held on the fourth Monday of each month. Check back for the most up-to-date schedule of events and topics, as these are subject to change.
Can’t Live Without Them: Maintaining Good Relationships During
Kathryn Gates, LMFT - Gates Therapy
Whether it's navigating a loved one's mental health challenges or dealing with the impact of a global pandemic, strong relationships require good communication and conflict management skills. Join NAMI Central Texas and Kathryn Gates, of Gates Therapy, as we learn about communicating with our loved ones and addressing conflict before it becomes a problem.
Happy Hour in Isolation: Addiction Concerns During Crisis
Cedric R Dunmore, MA, LCDC
Just as our frontline caregivers need to have the right kind and quantity of Personal Protective Equipment (or PPE), we all need appropriate and healthy methods to protect our emotional well being while practicing physical distancing. Join NAMI Central Texas and Cedric R Dunmore, MA, LCDC, as we address the addiction concerns that arise during crisis and how to support ourselves or loved ones in this difficult time.
Recognizing, Addressing and De-Escalating Mental Health Crisis: Important Skills for Challenging Times
Laura Wilson Slocum and Marisa Aguilar from Integral Care
Join Laura Wilson Slocum and Marisa Aguilar from Integral Care’s Crisis Services Team as they share signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis, mental health resources, de-escalation techniques and ways to support yourself and others. This community conversation includes an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.
Baking As Healing
Sascha Biesi of Skull and Cakebones
Sascha Biesi of Skull and Cakebones knows the power of baking to calm the mind and bring order to life in spite of the challenges of living with a mental illness. Join us as Sascha shares how baking saved her life and demonstrates great recipes anyone can successfully make in their home kitchen. This special offering of Mind Matters is part of our awareness event series for Mental Health Month.
Hack Your Brain to Feel Better: Everyday Regulation for Hard Times
Meagan Butler and Terri Wood
Learn about brain-science based “bottom-up” and “top-down” regulation strategies, as well as coping skills that they can use themselves and teach others. Some of the strategies and skills presented come from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the Neurosequential Model of Education, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention®️. All of these skills and strategies can help people feel better and move from crisis to stabilization. Come ready to participate and have fun!
Connecting Safely: How to Overcome Loneliness While Distancing
AGE of Central Texas
Staying connected was a challenge for older adults, with 43% of persons over the age of 60 reporting they feel socially isolated, even before the coronavirus outbreak. Now physical distancing requirements are heightening that isolation. Join AGE of Central Texas and NAMI Central Texas as we share resources, suggestions, and support to help older adults better cope with the continuing “Stay Home, Stay Safe” requirements.
Tips from a Peer: How To Support Your Mental Health During COVID-19
Deborah Rosales-Elkins, Integral Care
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health and well-being of all of us — with job losses, school closures, health concerns and separation from our loved ones. For someone living with a mental illness, times of crisis can feel even more overwhelming. Join Integral Care Peer Support Specialist Deborah Rosales-Elkins as she shares her approaches to self-care and offers tips for maintaining our mental health during this very difficult time. This community conversation will also provide an opportunity for audience members to share their own self-care insights.
Life Transitions: Trauma, Grief, Anxiety, Depression
Rachel Cypert, LPC
Life transitions; whether micro, macro, or in-between can cause trauma , stress, and grief. Let’s talk more about honoring all the transitions. Whether it’s a pandemic lifestyle change or that you didn’t get that promotion at work. Join NAMI Central Texas and Rachel Cypert, Licensed Professional Counselor, to learn about life transitions and how they can affect our mental health.
Helping Kids (and Yourself!) Cope with Coronavirus
Dr. Roshni Koli, Medical Director for Pediatric Mental Health at Dell Children's Medical Center
With schools closed and many people working remotely, parents and caregivers across the country are anxious about how to protect and nurture kids through the fear, change and uncertainty of the current health crisis while managing their own stress. Join us as Dr. Roshni Koli, Medical Director for Pediatric Mental Health at Dell Children's Medical Center, shares tips on how to help kids (and ourselves) through this challenging time.
We’ve Got This: How to Manage Uncertainty in Challenging Times
Simon Niblock, Therapy for Men
While we all do our part to practice physical distancing due to the coronavirus, we recognize our efforts are causing our community unprecedented isolation and uncertainty. Join NAMI Central Texas and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Simon Niblock to learn how uncertainty affects our health and wellbeing, gain practical tools to developing resilience and tolerance for the unknown and discuss how to support loved ones who are vulnerable.