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4 Mental Health Practices For You and Our Children

Susan Vernicek
Written by Susan Vernicek

May is a big month for the Identity Magazine Community. It’s Mental Health Awareness, Physical Fitness Month, National Women’s Health (May 10th, Mother’s Day) and many more awarenesses. A great month to focus on Getting All A’s in the Game of Life—Accept. Appreciate. Achieve. ™

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May is a big month for the Identity Magazine Community. It’s Mental Health Awareness, Physical Fitness Month, National Women’s Health (May 10th, Mother’s Day) and many more awarenesses. A great month to focus on Getting All A’s in the Game of Life—Accept. Appreciate. Achieve. ™


I was shocked when I ventured out to a mastermind in Brooklyn a few weeks ago. I had an extremely interesting, rewarding, and adventurous experience. One in which I wouldn’t dare share with my husband about talking to a stranger and inviting him in my car, this is another article to shared soon. The other experience I felt compelled to share in a video on Facebook.

In the video I talked about something that brought a huge smile to my face and made me giggle because I couldn’t believe that this particular experience brought such enlightenment to my morning. You forget about the little things in life and those little moments of appreciation that aren’t so little.

The timing of this is perfect as well because this week and the month of May is Mental Awareness Month, with the first week focusing on National Children’s Mental Health.

May is a big month for the Identity Magazine Community. It’s Mental Health Awareness, Physical Fitness Month, National Women’s Health (May 10th, Mother’s Day) and many more awarenesses. A great month to focus on Getting All A’s in the Game of Life—Accept. Appreciate. Achieve. ™

Do You Have Mental Health Awareness?

As I mentioned earlier, this first week of May focuses on Children’s Mental Health Awareness. I’m pretty sure you and I would agree that raising awareness is crucial. Together we can raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.

There are resources like Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help us spread the word, practice ourselves, and teach the children of our future.

Here Are 4 Actions and Practices You Can Take for Children’s Mental Health Awareness

1. Appreciation/Gratitude: Having an appreciation for everything, even the little things, as I share in my video, is proven to broaden our mental health. I’ve mentioned before in my articles on the many studies that prove that when we practice gratitude often, more happiness shows up. More happiness, creates a stronger and more positive mental state.

If we can practice this with our children, as early as we start reading to them, I believe it will set them up for a mental strength and positive awareness. Just like your children may say their prayers at night, follow up with all that they are grateful for. Even if it’s the light in their room, get them in a routine to show them everything in life is a gift. Children are our future and we are responsible to teach and guide them.

2. Compassion: Show them daily compassion, love, caring, authenticity, laugher and more! Let them experience every emotion (good and bad). Teach them ways to heal, think, and problem solve. We can’t ignore our children—let’s engage and speak to them how we speak to adults. It doesn’t matter how old or young they are. They deserve respect, experiences, and a journey to embrace.

3. Support: Find a circle of support that believes in a positive lifestyle for their families. Nothing in life is easy, so be sure to have a support team there for when you need help in any way.

4. Get All A’s: Whether you have children or not, I’m sure there are children in your life or that you pass by in your day. Remember that we set examples; they watch everybody’s moves. Practice kindness every day and think about Identity’s mission and message of getting all A’s. Take every moment and think about acceptance, appreciation, and achieving. Each moment is a teachable moment. How will you make a difference for your mental health and our children’s mental health?

This is an important month—Mental Health plays a vital role in our identities. Our mental wellbeing is probably the most difficult muscle to exercise. One thing I do know is that it’s never, never too late to practice, teach, and learn.

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?

I accept the responsibility to teach and guide my two children to be compassionate, caring.  I accept and promise to seek and ask for help if and when I do need help.

2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?

I appreciate all the resources currently available to help support our Mental Health!  I’m still working on Identity Magazine to continue to be one of the top online magazines for women for mental health awareness.

3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?

Identity Magazine for sure! I’ve created a business that helps support my family and feeds my soul as well as my readers souls.

4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth—we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?

Every week I seem to pick on my flaws. I’m currently working on not nagging my husband about the toothpaste in the sink after he brushes his teeth.  Really, what harm is it doing? Haha.

5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I love my A game for life!  Everyday I work to be productive and it feels great!

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About the author

Susan Vernicek

Susan Vernicek

Facts about Susan Vernicek:
• She’s happily married and a mother of twins.

• She’s tried almost every fad diet back in her quick-fix days, admits at age 34 it’s a struggle to work hard on overall balance and is focused on not giving into the unhealthy fads we see daily.

• She’s all natural with natural blonde hair, uneven breasts, a bigger nose, and full of curves that she learns to appreciate more and more each day.

• She had a career where part of her job was staring at herself 40 hours a week manipulating her very own face as well as others.

• She’s the youngest of 7, ranging from 30-50+, an Aunt, Great Aunt and even younger than some of her nieces and nephews!

• She’s traveled and seen over 8 countries and spent a summer in London finding her passion and embracing life.

• She created S&J Identity, Inc. AKA Identity Magazine, having no business background and at the age of 25.

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