If you’re not familiar with what it can be like to try and get the proper mental health care in the US you should read this story. However, as you do read it, I need you to understand that this story, as hard as it is, actually represents the better side of the Mental Healthcare system. Ash’s parents have some financial means and expertise to help them navigate the system, even if her Mom had to leave her job. Now imagine what this looks like for someone without those things.
I hesitate to even quote the final paragraph from Dr. Grohol’s article below,because everyone should read the whole thing, but I’m going to anyway: “You will get through this coronavirus anxiety and come out the other side of the pandemic okay. Just don’t panic, use your common sense, and take reasonable precautions and measured actions…
This article is written about India, and I think it’s possible that a few of you will read this and think to yourself that this is something that happens in cultures like that. One where a high priority is put on the family and not shaming or embarrassing your family in any way. That may…
Here’s the thing that I tend to forget, you don’t need to wait for an emergency to make someone feel seen, heard, and valued. In fact, we can maybe avoid more emergencies if we were in the habit of doing this. We have an opportunity to do that any time we spend time with the people we care about. But, we have to actually spend the time to do that.
I have a tendency to simply tell people that I’m here when they need me, instead of reaching out with a quick message, text, or even coffee just because.
I can’t help but wonder how many chances I’ve had to see and hear them, that I’ve missed. The holidays are, of course, a really good chance to send that text, get in touch, and remind people that you value them. You can read the article below to see just how much good that might do.