Peer support and workplace mental health are powerful when we connect them to stories. The team at the Canadian Mental Health Association in Calgary has produced a video about experiences of peer and workplace support within the police, financial and oil industries. You can be a mental health champion to make changes in people’s lives and the work place.
They are not going to break, not going to turn into sand. They will appreciate you offering your hand
Remember feelings cross from home to work and work to home.
To challenge stigma, we need to offer support and be willing to receive it. We need to get past pretending that we are OK or that it is not our job to help someone in distress. As one peer supporter suggested saying to a coworker: “We are here for you. … They are not going to break, not going to turn into sand. They will appreciate you offering your hand.” Walking with someone does not mean you have to solve their problems or take on an undue burden. It just means you are there to listen and to provide the support that you can give.
I really appreciated the reminder that “We are people at work.” We are not alone. We are not just the weak, the crazy, the sad, the dangerous. We are people. If you remember that then you can be a good peer supporter and a good person at work.