Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Your scoliosis journey is often filled withs lots of ups and downs. We want you to celebrate your ups, but also take care of your mental health during the downs. All of us face stress and anxiousness at one point or another. These feelings are completely normal, but we want you to be able to work through these emotions in a positive way. Scolios-us is here to help you prioritize your mental health. Below are some ways that you can take care of your mind.

1. Participate in THE EMPOWER HOUR

Join The Empower Hour and connect with other kids and teens just like you, while learning all the skills you need to thrive with scoliosis. The fabulous mental health providers leading The Empower Hour sessions will keep the discussions informative, positive, but, most importantly, fun. You’ll learn practical strategies that will help you conquer anything life throws your way. The sessions are online and after school to make it easy for you to participate.

2. Connect with someone just like you

Join our Scolios-us Mentor Program! Our Mentor Program gives you the opportunity to connect with a mentor who can help cheer you on as you navigate scoliosis. You can join the group as a mentor, mentee, or group member. As a mentor, you will be a role model for your mentees and support them along their journey. As a mentee, you are connected with one mentor who will help you through your good and bad days. As a group member, you'll join our group chat and connect with all of our Mentor Program participants.

3. Talk to a Mental Health Provider

Sometimes, just talking about how you’re feeling makes you feel better. We've created a network of mental health providers who are knowledgeable about scoliosis. There's a quote from Fred Rogers that sums up the power of counseling: "When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary." Click to find mental health providers who have undergone training on the physical and psychosocial impact of scoliosis.

4. Find scoliosis resources that speak to you

There are so many incredible scoliosis resources out there. You just need to know where to look! Check out our Resources Page and find over 50 scoliosis-specific resources, ranging from support groups to braced Higgy Bears to financial and family support. This page is a great place to look for information, help, and support along your scoliosis journey!

5. Exercise

Find an activity that you enjoy doing and put your energy into it. You may be surprised how much better you feel at the end of it!  According to the American Heart Association, exercise can:

✔ Reduce stress and improve relaxation
✔ Improve your mood
✔ Clear your mind
✔ Improve your immune system
✔ Help you sleep better
✔ Improve your self esteem

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Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Your scoliosis journey is often filled withs lots of ups and downs. We want you to celebrate your ups, but also take care of your mental health during the downs. All of us face stress and anxiousness at one point or another. These feelings are completely normal, but we want you to be able to work through these emotions in a positive way. Scolios-us is here to help you prioritize your mental health. Below are some ways that you can take care of your mind.

1. Participate in THE EMPOWER HOUR

Join The Empower Hour and connect with other kids and teens just like you, while learning all the skills you need to thrive with scoliosis. The fabulous mental health providers leading The Empower Hour sessions will keep the discussions informative, positive, but, most importantly, fun. You’ll learn practical strategies that will help you conquer anything life throws your way. The sessions are online and after school to make it easy for you to participate.

2. Connect with someone just like you

Join our Scolios-us Mentor Program! Our Mentor Program gives you the opportunity to connect with a mentor who can help cheer you on as you navigate scoliosis. You can join the group as a mentor, mentee, or group member. As a mentor, you will be a role model for your mentees and support them along their journey. As a mentee, you are connected with one mentor who will help you through your good and bad days. As a group member, you'll join our group chat and connect with all of our Mentor Program participants.

3. Talk to a Mental Health Provider

Sometimes, just talking about how you’re feeling makes you feel better. We've created a network of mental health providers who are knowledgeable about scoliosis. There's a quote from Fred Rogers that sums up the power of counseling: "When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary." Click to find mental health providers who have undergone training on the physical and psychosocial impact of scoliosis.

4. Find scoliosis resources that speak to you

There are so many incredible scoliosis resources out there. You just need to know where to look! Check out our Resources Page and find over 50 scoliosis-specific resources, ranging from support groups to braced Higgy Bears to financial and family support. This page is a great place to look for information, help, and support along your scoliosis journey!

5. Exercise

Find an activity that you enjoy doing and put your energy into it. You may be surprised how much better you feel at the end of it!  According to the American Heart Association, exercise can:

✔ Reduce stress and improve relaxation
✔ Improve your mood
✔ Clear your mind
✔ Improve your immune system
✔ Help you sleep better
✔ Improve your self esteem

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