Yes, it’s a new month, but I figure mental health is always worth discussing, especially during the pandemic with extra fears, changes, and stress. So here is the final blog King County’s wellness group sent to employees:
For the last week of Mental Health Month, Balanced You is focusing on the topic “supporting others.” Widening our view from self-care to collective care by supporting others’ mental health is important, especially during the ongoing pandemic, which has increased stress for so many.
While you may not be able to fix someone’s mental well-being, there are simple things you can say or do to help people in your life who are struggling. Actions such as practicing active listening by giving your complete attention to the person talking, asking how you can help, not judging, and knowing when to call for more help can have a big impact on someone going through a tough time.
Furthermore, when you offer help to someone struggling with their mental health, you’ll also improve your health, as social connection and doing for others are closely linked to overall well-being and a stronger ability to bounce back from stressful situations.
Tools and tips for supporting others:
Even when you know someone is struggling, it can be difficult to start a conversation with them about what is happening in their life. To better understand how to start the conversation, and what you can do to support others, we encourage you to look at the Supporting Others tool. The tool, developed by Mental Health America, offers helpful facts, tips, and an activity sheet that provides different templates on how to start a conversation when supporting others.
Let's help each other get through the challenges, strengthening our connections, even as we keep physical distance. Blessed Be, Amanda