We are lucky to have the support of a large national company, Bell Canada who is investing in Mental Health Awareness across our country.
I would be surprised if there was one person among us who has NOT been touched by a mental health issue.
Many discussions have started in my days working with clients as to why mental health issues seem to be more “out there”.
Why there seems to be more mental health problems with young adults and teens.
And how can people live and function with so many road blocks and stigmas attached to mental health issues.
I don’t have all the answers, I probably don’t have any! But from personal experience in my own life as well as those clients who were brave and confident enough to reach out, I believe that as a society we are trying to grow and become more compassionate. We are teaching our children to become more understanding and open to discussions.
But, we have a very long way to go. The #BellLetsTalk initiative is a step in the right direction, but we must continue this support year long and in every aspect of our lives.
When you hear a friend, co-worker or family member degrade ,knowingly or not, someone who is struggling – STAND UP! STOP the behaviour. Yes, It’s sometimes not so easy, sometimes you must be brave yourself. But I have to say, I doubt you will feel “bad” after asking the behaviour to stop. I doubt you will feel belittled and ashamed. You might actually feel empowered, strong and full of life and all it took was a few words to re-direct someone’s unkind thoughts and words in a way that gets THEM thinking.
75% of our Organizing clients are dealing with some kind of mental health issues. Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Grief and Shame are all very common feelings when working with someone in their living space.
Asking for help is the first step towards living a calm and peaceful existence. We are so very proud of our clients that do reach out. And we understand the concerns when it is a family member who contacts us initially. Number #1 rule in Professional Organizing? It never works if the client isn’t truly ready.
If you’re thinking of a family member who you feel may need some help, the best bet is to ask first, never assume they’re ready.
I love this clip – please take the time to watch to the end.