Sometimes, we need a physical, tangible option to help us accomplish our goals and put the things that we want to work on into words instead of having them just floating around our heads. One way to visually organize our minds is through checklists. You may associate checklists with to-do lists and things that you want to accomplish, but they can also be used as a tool to see your progress about something or help you understand how you’re feeling.
We’ve collected a few mental health checklists that you can explore and maybe even print out and use for yourself or your child. These are not meant to be screening checklists, which professionals often use when diagnosing mental illnesses, but are instead used by for users to check in on themselves. The ones we’ve listed below are all designed by mental health experts and organizations and serve different purposes, and you can see which one of them suits you the best. You may want a checklist of items for your child to measure how they are feeling on a certain day, or you may want to have a list of wellness ideas and tips so you and your family can feel your best. We’ve also included a site that includes checklists for you to understand your child’s behaviors and check in on yourself if you are a new parent.
Obviously, these aren’t the only mental health checklists available online, but we hope that they’re useful or give you some inspiration to find others online – or even create your own.
Emotional Wellness Checklist (National Institute of Health)
Daily Wellness Chart (Mental Health Minnesota)
Taking Charge of Your Health (Teen Mental Health)
Family Mental Health Checklists (Beyond Blue)
Do you monitor or observe how your child is feeling and if they are doing any form of wellness or self-care? What does organization look like in your home?