We talk so much now of mental health awareness it can almost feel like ‘job done’. Everyone’s an expert and yet there is so much more to be done.
In the last two months at Your Own Place we have supported people right on the edge. One extraordinary volunteer mentor was an absolute life-line to a young man desperate to be free of pain. This takes its toll on everyone. As a social business the team are managing this on top of the additional anxieties resulting from this pandemic in our personal and professional lives.
At this time I don’t know where people find the emotional energy for twitter spats, dogma, cruelty or criticism on social media.
This shortest of posts is to plead kindness. No-one know what anyone else is going through, feeling, thinking or experiencing. Their truth is unique. Sure, their actions may not always make sense to us, but we can’t control them. We can only control us, so let’s moderate our responses and put them on the ‘kindness’ setting.