October 10th is World Mental Health Day

Take a moment to think about it
You can change somebody’s world with a moment of reflection

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Mental Health Series

Somebody YOU know is struggling

How you respond and how you speak to them can – literally – make the difference between life and death.

  • A kind and respectful comment at the right time can make ALL the difference.
  • An unthinking comment at the wrong time can kick somebody over the suicide edge.

The problem is that we can’t really distinguish
those right and wrong times.

The following infographic is “reblogged” from the Courage Coaching site.  The accompanying article includes a list of things that many people say that don’t help and can easily harm.  It’s a quickie. Hop over to read it.

“This years’ theme ‘Dignity in Mental Health-Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All’ will enable us to contribute to the goal of taking mental health out of the shadows so that people in general feel more confident in tackling the stigma, isolation and discrimination that continues to plague people with mental health conditions, their families and carers.” ~ World Mental Health Day 2016 | World Federation for Mental Health

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

13 Responses to October 10th is World Mental Health Day

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  2. Jo says:

    “We all go through it sometimes” is the trickiest one. It is very difficult to convince people that, that isn’t helpful 😦 Very helpful post Madelyn

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    • What they don’t really understand is that “sometimes” is not at all the same as “regularly.”

      It’s not so difficult to get up off the mat after you’ve been knocked down once or twice. When you’ve been hit again and again and again, it’s not the same thing at all, and we really don’t want to hear positive platitudes. NOT helpful at all.

      Thanks for ringing in.

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  3. I’ve had serious mental health issues for going on 20 years. A friend seemed to want to understand what was going on for me. They seriously responded “you need to know how to breathe” – obviously feels she can replace my meds, psychiatrist & psychologist. I was infuriated & belittled. To have my huge battles diminished to breathing. “so you have a broken arm, this filtered water will cure you” “diabetes? Wearing red will fix that!” But what she said sums up many of the well-meaning nothing’s that make the struggle that much harder.

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    • I’m so sorry – and all I have to offer is empathy.

      I hear the same nonsense – sometimes even from “professionals.” I’ll never get used to it, but I’ve learned to expect it in some arenas — the impact of a debilitating sleep disorder is practically ALWAYS chalked up as a product of something inane like “poor sleep hygiene,” ADD is the butt of jokes — but DEPRESSION?

      THAT is still not taken seriously, even tho’ – according to the World Health Organization – depression is on its way to being the leading illness GLOBALLY – by 2030, if we don’t act urgently. The other mental health problems have even less understanding and acceptance – if that’s possible.

      It’s exhausting, maddening and inexcusable, isn’t it? I wonder, some days, how ANYBODY can’t have heard the news about mental health. I’m beginning to think that those who haven’t struggled personally don’t understand because they don’t WANT to understand, not because they are truly not aware.

      But then, I always wake up grouchy. (I was up for hours last “night” and am still on my first cup of coffee.)


  4. PorterGirl says:

    Hear, hear! Reach out to those in your life who may be struggling. You don’t have to have all the answers, you just have to show that you care. Don’t be frightened to engage just because you don’t understand what they are going through – just make sure they know they are not alone.

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