Sharing – Calls are up, but many 988 call centers lack resources to offer in-person help

Sharing – Calls are up, but many 988 call centers lack resources to offer in-person help

The hard work is developing the proper resources for people who need help after the immediate crisis. That costs money. Money that a significant number of people in the US will balk at paying because it goes to “other people.” These are the same people who balk at paying taxes for schools when they don’t have kids or at higher insurance premiums, let alone the taxes necessary for things like Medicaid, that pay for people who “made poor health decisions.” So, rather than stand up to that kind of thinking, many politicians at the state and local levels will go along with that. They won’t even attempt to provide funds for mental health services.

Some will even go so far as to say those services are just propping up “weak” people who need to get over those issues.

At the end of the day, while we can point to the number of people who talk about mental health and are supported for talking about it, we cannot say we’ve eliminated the stigma associated with it until we all put our money where our mouth is and provide the help that people need.

Until then, I’m afraid that many people will learn lessons the hard way, that it’s easy to write off funding resources for “other people” until you or someone you love winds up being one of them.

Sharing – Subtle ways to ask someone twice if they’re fine

Sharing – Subtle ways to ask someone twice if they’re fine

I like the suggestions. I’ve used some of them, including “Are you sure” and sharing my struggles. It depends on the situation and the relationship I have with the person. A good friend, my spouse, someone I feel comfortable with already? I’m making sure they are OK when I suspect they might not be. Someone I work with or don’t have that kind of relationship with, and maybe I share a bit about my struggles or offer to listen if they need someone to talk to.

Any of the suggestions can work or not work. The important thing is that maybe that extra question lets someone know they are not alone, which can make all the difference.

Sharing – Create Your Mental Health Crisis Plan For A Better Recovery Response

Sharing – Create Your Mental Health Crisis Plan For A Better Recovery Response

As the article below points out, you create a plan so that everyone involved knows what to do in a crisis. Because when you’re in a mental health crisis, that is not the time to develop a cohesive plan and make the best decisions.

Do that ahead of time. Share the plan. Identify the people you trust to act on your behalf, and let the plan be your guide in what to do. It is in everyone’s best interest.

Sharing – Thinking About Reaching Out to Someone? Science Says Do It

Sharing – Thinking About Reaching Out to Someone? Science Says Do It

You should read the whole thing. There’s more. Not just about how much other people appreciate it when we reach out but how much having a conversation with a stranger makes us happy, and a host of other things that appear to make us much happier than we anticipate.

We’re not very good at knowing what makes us happy. Perhaps more importantly, we’re not very good at recognizing the mental health benefits of being connected in small ways to other people. Those little connections can make a huge difference.

Sharing – Rest is a Right, Not a Reward

Sharing – Rest is a Right, Not a Reward

Look, the empty cup analogy is a good one for people who feel the need to put aside their own care to take care of others, but the truth of the matter is that is only part of the equation. We need rest, we need food, and we need self-care because we need those things. There doesn’t need to be another reason, and we sure don’t need to “earn” them.

Sharing – The Right Is Misusing the Word “Grooming,” and It Can Have Serious Consequences

Sharing – The Right Is Misusing the Word “Grooming,” and It Can Have Serious Consequences

Why is this so hard for so many people to understand? Why are some of you so dead-set on causing harm to people who are different than you? If your religious leaders encourage you to harm people or treat any other group of human beings as anything less than human, they are not to be taken seriously. We need to stop giving these leaders our attention or our money.