Staff Insights: Be Kind
Suicide prevention week is the week of September 6th this year, and what a year (or two) it has been.
Mental health issues are more prevalent due to the pandemic. But one positive outcome from it is, now more than ever before, it is talked about and people feel like it is OK to talk about. You should not feel embarrassed to go see a counselor, and since it has been more in the forefront, people are starting to see it in a different light. We are all battling something different in life so how can we help others?
We can be a light in someone’s life and ask them how they are doing, say hi, give a smile, sit and talk, or even just a “simple how are you doing?”. For our friends, neighbors, and family, just being attentive and being there is one of the first things you can do. That way if you see changes or have concerns about their behavior, you are able to listen or direct to services that can help.
One of my favorite actors said, “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind.” – Robin Williams. Kindness in our world today can go a long way. Sometimes it is the simplest effort that can change a person’s life. A smile, a text, a phone call…. kindness can go a long way.
– Kara, Director of Development