When looking at the culture of the Mental Health Profession, there are two areas of focus within the community that should be addressed: Being aware that having good and stable mental health is vital to addressing the current mental health crisis and that the number of people that are in crisis and that require support far outweighs the number of professionals that are available to provide that support. As the demand for services becomes more overwhelming, the increased risk of helping professionals experiencing burnout is at an all- time high. The culture of the working environment is becoming increasingly susceptible to vulnerability, distress, anxiousness, irritability, declining work ethics and robotic work performance. Read More
Bringing this awareness to light is the first step. As professionals we teach our clients the importance of creating a support system as a coping strategy. In the same manner that we teach our client, it is important as professionals that we seek support for ourselves. We can sometimes become easily distracted and immune to stressors we face daily often ignoring the red flags and pushing those warnings aside. In order to restore balance for ourselves it is necessary to become proactive by developing healthy habits and practicing self-care so that we can better serve the population around us. You may have heard the saying “put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others”. This can be viewed as a blueprint when applying preventative practices. It takes time to acknowledge the areas in our own lives that require attention, exploring what that looks like and deciding what steps we need to take it into practice. If not due to our own deficits, we may begin to view our clients as just a case rather than a person. This could become a natural response and easily looked over. So, let’s take a moment and remind ourselves of the reason why we chose this field which is our passion and sense of purpose.
In this workshop we will talk about how to recognize areas in the work environment that trigger significant health concerns and risk factors, how this affects our performance in working with clients, and what we can do to practice healthy self-care. There are six principles that we will discuss that can help you create maximum mental health. As a community of helping professionals, we can apply these principles to create positive long lasting effects for our own lives and the lives of those we serve. The best teaching tool is how we live day to day, leading by example.