Welcome to the Being Awesome Mental Health Project! This project looks at how making awesome decisions like exercise, art, yoga, showing gratitude, spending time with friends, and more, can influence mental health.
The BAMH project started in a Psychology classroom in Breckenridge, Co. A few students were interested in understanding how painting a picture or listening to an album could impact immediate mental health. During the research methods portion of the class we decided to do a few little tests. Today, the project has evolved into a healthy option for understanding one’s own mental health, a learning tool for students, and away to encourage people to make awesome decisions.
From a counseling standpoint, this tool can be used for clients who may be dealing with mental health issues to be aware of how decisions can influence mental health. While doing something for 20 minutes may not be a “cure” for everything in life, it sure can make a huge difference in the way people feel, and can have a much bigger influence than most people would expect.
What are you proving here?
This study is intended to only show the influence of decisions. The results are up to you interpret and use as you like! The impact good decisions have on you
Mental Health Assessment
The Feeling Awesome Measure, which was created as a classroom activity. The test is designed to be brief, accessible to all participants, and easy to understand, while providing participants with a general idea of present mental health standing.
The Being Awesome Mental Health Project investigates multiple different “awesome decisions” and their impact on current mental health. With such significant results from painting pictures in class, the project now looks deeper into the influence a minimum of 20 minutes can have on overall mental health.
Using the Depression, Anxiety, Stress as a pre test before participating in an activity, then again as a post test to evaluate any change. The initial results were quite revealing. Improvements in overall mental health were substantial. With an average positive change of nearly 74% from pre to post test, it was apparent that this project needed to continue.
Pitfalls with the Project
While there are many confounding variables, and minimal amounts of control over the extraneous variables, the results are still significant and useful. The study is reliant on self-report which can have bias and be influenced by outside factors. the Feeling Awesome Measure has not been normed, standardized or validated against other measures. This project is designed for people to understand themselves and the potential influence that their decisions have on their mental health.
Regardless of some pitfalls and drawbacks, the initial and subsequent results are staggering, virtually all participants have experienced substantial improvements in their mental health.
Scientific Backing for the Project
Being Awesome is rooted in science, as their is much evidence that many of the decisions being assessed biologically can improve mental health, naturally. Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins are frequently produced when doing many of these activities, all of which make us feel better in some way. So this is not merely a placebo. Regardless of the cause, the results are positive, practical, and beneficial.
The current list of awesome activities being evaluated are:
- Listening to music
- Gratitude Activity
- Being in Nature
- Social activities with friends
- Other Awesome Activities that you submit
The list will continue to grow as participants are allowed to submit data for their own awesome activities, with some limitations. Being Awesome aims to help people understand how making good decisions impacts their own mental health. Hopefully encouraging better future decision making and improved physical and mental health.
My Awesome is a voluntary, anonymous (if desired), community based, research project that aims to help individuals understand how positive decisions can influence mental health. The project is designed to be accessible to all, and hopefully empower better decision making.
Participants are asked to be open minded, optimistic, and give the activity a chance. It is encouraged to try new things and push comfort zones, while respecting all safety, legal, and other boundaries affiliated with the awesome activity. Understanding that Being Awesome means doing it wisely, safely, legally, and ethically.
Can I be Awesome?
Yes. 100%, yes. You are encouraged to participate in this study! And for the record, you are already awesome. There are just a few criteria for the participants:
- You are physically and mentally able to participate in your selected activity and consent a doctor would clear you for participation.
- You are 18 years of age or have parental permission
- You agree to adhere to all safety, legal, and other requirements and responsibility expected out of you while doing your selected activity
- You agree to the terms and conditions and informed consent to participate and waive all liability
- If you are suicidal or become suicidal you contact 911 immediately or call 1-800-273-8255
This project is for you. Think back on your favorite hobbies as a kid, dreams or goals, where were you happiest? Do it. Be Awesome. Thanks for helping us make Being Awesome a success. Please keep submitting your results and encouraging others to be awesome as well!