Relationships, Support, and Wellness: Mental Health Safety Card

Mental Health Safety CardThis safety card is designed to assist behavioral health providers in talking to women about domestic violence as part of routine care. Co-branded by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, the card poses simple questions to help women examine whether their relationship is healthy and safe, while exploring potential impacts on health and mental health including anxiety, suicidal ideation, drug and alcohol use, and chronic stress. The impact of childhood exposure to violence is also discussed.

The card offers pointers to increase wellness including tips on resiliency, healthy relationship dynamics and self-care strategies. National hotlines and websites are provided for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Alcohol and Drug Helpline and National Suicide Lifeline. Written in gender neutral language, the card may be offered to women of any sexual orientation and may be given directly to female patients as part of routine screening, or stocked in private areas like bathrooms or exam rooms. This 4-panel double sided tool folds up to the size of a business card (3.5″ x 2″).

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