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Healthy at Home: Resources for Improving Mental Health

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Amidst the stay-at-home orders and COVID-19, Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital wants our community to know that we are in this #together! Bakersfield Behavioral has been doing their part to show their support for their community through various forms.

They have been posting Facebook videos with short therapeutic messages, 60 second grounding techniques, and interviews with hospital or community members with helpful tips. Bakersfield Behavioral would now like to introduce their new page entitled, “Healthy at Home”! This page will include a few of their Facebook videos, fun activities to do at home, recipes to try, projects to do, and much more.

Make sure to also like and follow Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital on their Facebook and Instagram pages for more videos, interviews, helpful tips, and great ideas of things to do while at home and as you start to return to work.

Our team has put together a 30-Day Challenge of fun activities that you can do with your family members and, virtually, with your friends during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many of us cannot be together face-to-face, we can still have fun together! Social media provides the perfect platform to share your experiences with friends and relatives while maintaining social distancing. By sharing photos and videos, friends and loved ones can join your family on the 30-Day challenge.

Everyone needs a little encouragement. We have compiled a list of affirmation words that you can use each day to help you feel food and feel happy. We recommend that you look in the mirror and tell yourself a few of these words each day. It’s an easy practice for maintaining good mental health. You are strong, you are loving, and you are brilliant!

The journey of improving mental health is different for everyone. However, some guidance and mental health tips never hurt. We put together a list of nine easy steps that almost anyone can use to improve their mental health, cope with stress, and reduce symptoms of mental health struggles.


As part of our Mindfulness Monday sessions, mental health professional Greg, a licensed marriage and family therapist, shares a useful anger management technique. Anger can quickly escalate, and heated emotions are a part of life. However, people can learn to recognize when they are feeling angry and not let the moment get the best of them with the proper techniques.

Our very own Greg Yeasley discusses the importance of hobbies, particularly as they relate to maintaining mental health. Hobbies are an important form of relaxation and leisure, and they are often more beneficial for mental health than watching TV or browsing the internet during one’s free time. Greg discusses how hobbies can serve as important outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic and how hobbies can help unlock creativity.

In our Wellness Wednesday video, licensed marriage and family therapist Greg Yeasley talks about how we can make changes to our behavior. Greg discusses what motivates our behaviors, how we think about risks and fears, the importance of achievable goals, and how incremental changes can lead to lasting behavioral improvements. With proper framing and motivation, almost anyone can achieve their goals for behavioral change.

In this video, Greg shares a popular breathing exercise that we use at Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. We call it “Five to Ten.” Breathing exercises can help people get in control of their heart rate, which is useful if the person experiences an episode of anxiety. As with most things in health, an important part of breathing exercises is that the person practices them as a habit.

Teena, our Community Liaison, discusses the Jason Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that addresses the silent epidemic of youth suicide. Many people are unaware that for youth between 12 and 24 years of age, suicide is the second leading cause of death. The Jason Foundation provides a variety of useful resources for parents, coaches, youth workers, and teachers to help raise awareness and combat suicide among youth. You can access resources from the Jason Foundation via their website and their “A Friend Asks” mobile app.

We are here for our Spanish-speaking community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out our Spanish public service announcement and contact us to learn more about our treatment options in Spanish.

We talk with our community partner Leah, a licensed marriage and family therapist, about maintaining mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leah is well versed in delivering mental health services via telehealth technology, and she discusses the positives and negatives of treating mental health issues via videoconference. Leah also discusses important steps for maintaining mental health during the pandemic, including setting boundaries, keeping a routine, turning off electronic alerts, and staying positive.

In this video, we talk with Nathan and Jeff from the Bakersfield Police Department about the intersection of policing and mental health during the current public health crisis. We discuss what the police are doing to keep the department healthy and how the department is changing procedures and protocols to help the public maintain social distancing. The officers also discuss the prevalence of mental health 911 calls during the pandemic and how police can use de-escalation tactics and crisis intervention training to deal with mental health issues.

The COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing precautions can be difficult, especially with kids. In this video, our friends Mr. B and Mr. Z show you how to make a DIY block stacking game. It’s easy to set up, and your family can enjoy the game from the safety and comfort of your home. It’s a great weekend project, and it can be a much-needed distraction for your kids who may be eager to get back to the public park.