A lot is happening worldwide, and it can be challenging for many to cope. This week, I want to write about managing your mental health.
Last Tuesday was World Mental Health Day, with several really good articles. Here are two of my favorites.
- This article that appeared on LinkedIn – “Let’s have an open dialog about mental health“
- This Harvard Business Review article on Mental health: “Helping an Employee in Distress”
A key takeaway from these articles is that it’s never too soon to seek mental healthcare. You don’t need to wait until the struggle feels like a crisis. I have taken advantage of mental healthcare more than once, and the relief from just raising my hand is genuine.
Twice, I sought mental healthcare
The first time I sought mental healthcare was when my children were babies. Lack of sleep, perfectionistic tendencies, and a belief that I needed to do it all contributed to symptoms of depression. I recovered with the needed care, which included talk therapy and medication.
The second time was last week. A trusted friend recently asked why I had not published a blog in a few weeks, and I said, “I’m having trouble creating positive content right now.” She said, “That’s not you”. She was right. I am not feeling well and realized I will benefit from care. My symptoms are not severe, but it isn’t necessary to wait for severe symptoms before seeking care. I am confident that a few sessions with a therapist will help me to create coping strategies to get through the increased stress I’m feeling right now.
(aging parents and being part of a caregiver team, coping with pre-menopause, struggling to sleep, the news of horrible war happening in the world, plus the added stress that often comes this time of year at work as we try to close out annual goals).
My dear, beautiful readers. Seek a mental health professional if you are struggling and need someone to talk to. It can help you long before you are in crisis. There is no shame.
But what if there IS a crisis? Then what?
Mental health and mental illness may still have a stigma to some people, but I encourage everyone to learn how to respond to mental health emergencies just as many of us learn what to do in the case of a heart attack or choking.
The national suicide prevention line is a fantastic resource, and I know people who have gotten help from it. Think of this service as the “Things are awful and I don’t know what to do” line. If you are thinking about whether you should call, call. They’ll help you even if it’s someone else in crisis.
In addition to that option, you can be proactive about learning how to handle a crisis. I highly recommend learning the skill of QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer). The training is for everyone. It will teach you what to do if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis.
I think these days, it may be more likely that you’ll need the skills of QPR than the likelihood of needing CPR or the Heimlich.
The QPR institute (click here to get to the online training) offers a one-hour gatekeeper training course. They are not paying me to advertise this and this is not a referral link. I’m sharing it because it’s important.
KEY COMPONENTS COVERED IN TRAINING:
- How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
- How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
- The common causes of suicidal behavior
- The warning signs of suicide
- How to get help for someone in crisis
It’s REALLY important right now that people have this knowledge. Over and over, we see in the news about increases in mental health crises, even in our children.
The skills are effective. The truth is that often, the person who needs help isn’t able to reach out for it on their own in their current state. What then? That is what QPR training addresses. It teaches you what to say to give support. It addresses what to watch for, how to ask about someone’s state of mind, and when to know that you need to take action on their behalf.
I highly recommend that you take this gatekeeper training (click here)! It will take you less than one hour, and it’s affordable. (If you can’t afford it, send me a private message, and I’ll find a way to help)
This is important. I have seen the skills taught in this training help someone. It saved a life.
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I offer career coaching, not therapy or mental health services. I am writing about mental health because I think it’s important. If you think you might need a therapist and don’t know where to start, reach out, and I will help refer you.