May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so we thought we’d talk a little bit about helping others through empathy.
Mental health is a growing concern for nearly everyone, and quite serious in some cases. The interconnected, online nature of our modern world only goes to increase the stress of our daily lives. Sometimes it’s overwhelming, and seem to be leading towards ever-increasing instances of mental health.
However, you can help those who are close to you. In 2022, the Canadian Mental Health Association is promoting empathy as a pathway to help others. When times are tough, we need to be there for each other, and empathy is something that can be learned by practically anyone.
Empathy is itself a skill; here are some examples:
- If someone close to you is struggling, you don’t have to fix their pain; simply tune-in to their plight and see it through their eyes empathically.
- We are all different, but we’re not on opposing sides, so being able to see the world – and situations – as others do is empathy.
- Understand what others are struggling with, even if you don’t agree, is understand someone’s feelings, which is also empathic.
Talk with loved ones, friends, colleagues; if they are struggling with a situation, a little empathy could be the very help they need.
Find out more at www.mentalhealthweek.ca. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you think you – or someone you know – needs it.
Listening to someone could be the best help you ever offer.