Does it take courage to reach out to someone? If so, why? What stops us from reaching out? Do we not trust our own intuition when it comes to someone else’s mental health and wellbeing? Are we frightened of interfering?
Is not the mental health and wellbeing of those around us, more important than our fear of asking the question – Are you feeling OK?
At I Am Here we equip you with the courage, confidence and skills to ask the question and open up safely the conversation on the mental health and wellbeing of ourselves and others.
World Mental Health Day.
What does World Mental Health Day mean to you?
What does “It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help” mean to your reality?
Are the conversations around our mental health and wellbeing, happening? Are we having the “crucial conversation,” or are we just talking about talking?
World Mental Health Day is a day to raise awareness; a reminder to monitor our mental health, and wellbeing, and that, of those around us. As an employer, ask yourself: are you proactive in safeguarding your own mental health and wellbeing? How, as an employer, can you effectively support your employees, if you are not taking care of yourself? How, as an employee, are you proactive in safeguarding your mental health, and wellbeing, and that of your colleagues?
The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 October 2023) amplifies universality – “mental health is a universal human right”. Everyone, regardless of background or circumstance, must have access to quality mental health care.
What are we reading this week?
This week we recommend reading an article by your mental health pal called ‘The Importance of Reaching Out To Others.’ This article can shed light on the importance of reaching out to others when you need support. While confiding in a friend or family member can be helpful. It is essential to recognise that there are professional resources available to assist with more complex mental health issues.
Read the article. (5-Minute Listen)
Who are we quoting this week?
“What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” asked the boy
“Help” said the horse
“Asking for help isn’t giving up”
“It’s refusing to give up”
– The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
This beautiful quote from “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy captures the strength of that one word “Help”. We cannot underestimate the power of “Help”. Not only is asking for help a refusal to give up, it is the moment we take control.