TOOLS TO THRIVE
CONNECT WITH YOURSELF • CONNECT WITH US • BE CONNECTED TO OTHERS
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Tools To Thrive TOOLKITS
[WRITTEN MAY 2020 for Mental Health Month]
Just weeks ago, we had no idea that all our worlds were going to be turned inside out by Covid-19. Or that the associated emotions and experiences of worry, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety would be something that literally everyone would start to go through in various intensities.
It is more important than ever to take care of our mental health and so the theme put out by Mental Health America for 2020 Mental Health Month (mhm2020) is extremely pertinent to where we sit today; “Tools to Thrive”. This month and this theme couldn’t have come any quicker!
In the current times, while we live in various levels of lockdown and are having to practice physical distancing we want to be able to safely support you. Friendship Bench will be sharing some practical tools that can be used by all to build resilience and empower you to take control of your mental wellbeing while living amidst so much uncertainly. Ongoing long-term uncertainty can easily give us a sense of powerlessness, helplessness and hopeless. These feelings can quickly take our minds into a spiral of negative thinking; and what we know is how we think affects how we feel which affects how we act, all are intricately linked. Therefore, if we do nothing to take control of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours we can land in a vicious cycle of emotional instability, self-harming behaviours and continued thoughts of helplessness.
You do not have to be an expert to use these tools,
your need to be willing to help yourself.
We are also offering something more, the Friendship Bench launched our Openline service which you can contact from the safety of your own home if you need to talk to someone who has been trained in an evidence-based talk therapy approach. This tool, in the palm of you hand, can connect you to a safe space where you will not be judged, you can talk anonymously and are ensured confidentiality. The FB Openline provides screening for common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression and a six step framework which empowers you to find solutions to your problems. You don’t have to get through this time alone.
We hope you like our tools, we hope they help you and we would love to hear how you are doing. Feel free to e-mail us if you have questions, are looking for specific tools or just want to share what’s going on for you at the moment.
Keep safe, wash hands and thrive!