International Personal Care Day recognized on July 24; behavioral health tips, resources

In 2011, the International Self-Care Foundation (ISF) established International day of personal care raise awareness of the importance of self-care for overall health and well-being. International Self-Care Day is recognized annually on July 24 as a symbol that the benefits of self-care are felt 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, especially during times of stress. Health and wellness is the cornerstone of Purdue’s Healthy Boiler program, and behavioral health is one of the five pillars. There are online and in-person academic and community resources to support this pillar and others.

Celebrate self-care

Some may wonder what kinds of activities would be good for a self-care day, or any day. Blog “My imperfect life” offers a list of ideas for self-care days to help:

  • Practice meditation and breathing exercises.
  • Watch a movie that feels good.
  • Listen to music.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Go bird watching.
  • Clean and declutter.
  • Take a nap.

women’s day diary also shares some ideas for self-care activities, including spending time with friends, keeping a journal, and spending time outdoors. For more ideas, visit psychology today, Marie Claire, Healthy Happy Punchy, valley of oaks and Forbes.

Self-Care Champions

There are many organizations specifically dedicated to self-care that offer a variety of resources to help individuals learn more.

The Global Social and Economic Value of Self-Care 2022 report created by the The World Personal Care Federation (GSCF) is the first global research project analyzing the global value and impact of personal care. The data, obtained from 155 countries, offers a unique global perspective. GSCF Personal Care Readiness Index is another useful learning tool. GSCF also encourages individuals around the world to engage in the Self-Care Action Campaign #SelfCarePromise. Hundreds of personal care pledges have already been made internationally.

The free EWB app, Self-care health stories, can help individuals navigate their personal journey to self-care. ISF has also developed a frame and starting point for the use of personal care.

SupportLinc, behavioral health service provider for Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, has many articles and resources available on its web portal:

The “University” tab on the Healthy Boiler Portal also offers several courses on meditation:

  • 10 minute mantra meditation
  • 5 minute counting meditation
  • 5 minute simple breathing meditation
  • 7 minute gratitude meditation

Learn more at the Healthy Boiler “Searching for Self-Care” Workshop

A Healthy Boiler workshop titled “Seeking Self-Care” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. ET on September 21. The workshop will cover the five Healthy Boiler pillars – behavioral health, financial wellbeing, physical health, social wellbeing and work-life integration – and provide advice related to stress, nutrition and physical activity.

Those interested must register before September 20 via the Healthy Boiler Portal. The registration link can be found in the ‘Healthy Boiler Workshops’ section on the portal’s home page. Hover over “Seeking Self-Care” and click “Submit” to register. Healthy Boiler workshops are free to all employees and dependents eligible for benefits covered by a Purdue health plan.


To help teachers and staff

Visit the “Mental Health Resources” webpage for a variety of resources available to faculty and staff, including resources for all Purdue campuses, information about Purdue health plan coverage for mental health, and substance abuse and behavioral health referral locations for West Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Northwestern campuses.

To help students

Faculty and staff can direct students to the resources below for behavioral health assistance. To note: LiveHealth Online Psychology and LiveHealth Online Psychiatry services are also available to Purdue students covered by a Purdue health plan. Mental health visits through LiveHealth Online are 100% covered under the Purdue student health plan.

Office of the Dean of Students

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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