Tips for Achieving Your Mental Health Goals

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The MINDSET Study for Mild-to-Moderate Alzheimer's is Open

There is an opportunity to get involved in a global research study enrolling participants with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease, and who are currently taking donepezil (sometimes known as Aricept®). The study involves an investigational medication called RVT-101. Interested patients and caregivers are invited to visit to see if they may pre-qualify.


Creating and reaching mental health goals can be frustrating. Learn some practical tips to achieve your mental health goals at

Tips for Achieving Your Mental Health Goals

Creating mental health goals is a great way to take charge of your wellbeing. Reaching those goals, though, can be frustrating (Let Your New Year's Goals Lead You to Happiness). Here are some tips for achieving the mental health goals you set for yourself.

A commonly used formula for working toward goals is the acronym SMART. This system provides a guideline for creating goals (Reasonable Expectations, Healthy Goals and Mental Illness). According to the SMART system, make your mental health goals

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Creating SMART mental health goals helps ensure success. Sometimes, though, that acronym alone is a bit sterile. When you create deeply meaningful goals, achieving them is absolutely in your power. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Be intentional; what outcome do you want for yourself and your life, and why? How will things be different when you reach it?
  • Create a plan that includes taking small steps toward your mental health goal every day.
  • Keep your wording positive—what you do want rather than what you don't want. Stating, "I will enjoy 15 minutes outdoors every day," is much more empowering than "I won't sit inside all day."

By setting mental health goals and following these tips for achieving them, you take charge of your wellbeing.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Today’s Question: When you're setting and working toward mental health goals, what works for you? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. How to Know If You Need a Psychiatrist
  2. Depression and Motivation
  3. Mental Health First Aid: How to Handle a Mental Health Emergency

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Transcendental Meditation May Reduce PTSD Symptoms
  • Studies Have Proved Very Close Links Existing Between Diabetes And Alzheimer´S Disease
  • Exercise Associated With Prevention Of Low Back Pain
  • Single Mothers At Greatest Risk For Sleep Problems
  • Consuming A Unique Carbohydrate Complex During Early Life Could Provide Benefits For Brain Health
  • Bipolar Disorder Linked To Inherited Differences In Sleep Patterns
  • Loss Of Cells In Brain's Memory Center Linked To Schizophrenia

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, January 20). Tips for Achieving Your Mental Health Goals, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, August 12 from

Last Updated: January 20, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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