How to Create a Mental Health Survival Kit and Why You Need One

If there is one thing that has helped me get through the past year its my Mental Health Survival Kit!

Okay so it sounds a hell of a lot more fancy than it actually is, but put basically, a Mental Health Survival Kit is a box/bag/draw full of all the things you find helpful for when you’re having bad day.

Now what you put in one will differ from person to person; someone could find exercising or playing a video game helpful, while another might want something more relaxing like reading or colouring.

Your Mental Health Survival Kit is also a great item to take with you when you leave your comfort zone.

This could be when you’re going on holidays or travelling to a new place; having something with you that makes you feel safe and reminds you of home is a great way to feel grounded – especially if you struggle with travel anxiety.

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Scents/perfumes that relax you

I’m slightly obsessed with lavender, it reminds me of spending weekends at my grandparents and is even more comforting since my nan became ill.

I have a little lavender pouch that I bought off of eBay, that I take with me most places. It’s small enough to fit into your hand, meaning you can easily hide it when you’re out in public.

I’ve recently starting to make my own so that I can have them any size or shape that I like.

All it takes is some spare fabric and fresh lavender; I recycle my old clothes and use the lavender that I grow myself in the garden.


If you’re a quick reader like me, then I would recommend getting a Kindle rather than trying to carry around several different books.

I resisted getting one for so long but now I’m so glad I did: I have nearly 200 books on mine and I can take them all with me wherever I go.

Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer physical books but a Kindle is so much more practical, especially if you want to read Game of Thrones without your arm dropping off from how heavy it is!

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Portable gaming device and favourite games

If you don’t have one and don’t want to break the bank, you can pick old ones fairly cheaply these days, both online and in stores.

There’s also the option of downloading games onto your phone; some of my favourites are Harry Potter – Hogwarts Mystery, Disney Kingdoms and Pokemon Go.

They’re easy to play and don’t really require much commitment for the most part; just remember to take a portable charger with you if you’re out of the house, as they can really drain your phone’s battery!

Colouring book and pencils

There are so many adult colouring books available these days and if traditional cooling books aren’t your thing, there are plenty of apps you can get for your phone or tablet.

I’ve mostly been using apps on my iPad since I got an Apple Pencil, but I do still enjoy using the Harry Potter colouring book that I picked up a few months ago.

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How did we ever survive without Spotify?

Okay so I know you can’t technically put this “in” your kit, but we’ll just gloss over that bit.

I love the fact that you can create playlists for every mood and occasion, and I have one dedicated to self care.

It’s mostly full of upbeat, happy songs that I can dance and sing along to; mostly 90’s disco songs and Disney soundtracks- don’t judge!

What would you put in your own mental health survival kit?

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  • Beccah says:

    This is such a good idea! I need to make one to help me on my low days. A colouring book would definitely be good in mine, and I recently got a cute lavender-scented unicorn heat bag (which is ideal because my low days often coincide with period cramps!). I think I’d definitely put something with my partners cologne on it as the smell reminds me of him and makes me feel safe.

    Thanks for this post! I have no doubt that this will be so helpful to me in the future.

    Beccah xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’m so glad you found my tips useful Beccah! ☺️ A lavender wheat bag sounds absolutely perfect- two things in one! 😍 I’m not going to lie, I spray my partners side of the bed with his cologne when he isn’t here so it still smells like him at night 🙈 the only downside is if I wake up, go to cuddle him and wonder why he isn’t there- it’s pretty confusing at 3am! 😂 xx

  • helenevlacho says:

    Such a great idea! This post is really helpful. I always curry a book with me and some candies.

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you I’m glad you found it useful! 🙂 can’t beat a good book to help you relax!

  • Nicki says:

    I love these ideas, I am always scribbling on post it notes or making a list so I make sure I have a pen and paper with me

  • Jade Marie says:

    Lists are life for me so glad to know I’m not the only one haha

  • I’ve never thought of having one of these but it’s such a great idea! I have anxiety linked to my ibs so carry round things to help me to cope with that.

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad to help! 🙂 I have IBS myself so I always make sure to have something peppermint with me- I’m terrified of having a flair up in public!

  • Me too, it’s horrible isn’t it!

  • Jade Marie says:

    It really is! Can ruin your entire day just by eating something 🙁

  • Yep! And my anxiety really messes with my ibs 🙁

  • Jade Marie says:

    It’s a catch 22! 🙁

  • Eleanor May says:

    I never thought to create a mental health survival kit before. I will have to get making one!

  • Jade Marie says:

    I hope you find it useful ☺️ mines a lifesaver on bad days! 🙌🏼

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