“Talk Ask Listen” Webinar Highlights ” Module 2

A series of 4 module webinars was presented by the Do More Ag Foundation in support of Mental Illness Awareness week from October 5th to October 8th.  Here are some highlights from module 2. It was made clear that throughout each session that the information laid out in the four modules do not make us mental health professionals and we should always be ready with support resources to provide to someone who may want or need help.  This is information to help you on your Mental Health literacy journey.

Module 2: Recognizing & Providing Support

It was important to evaluate the “Rule Out Rule” meaning to explore that the possibility that the changes in behaviour may be unrelated to a mental health issue before taking action,  To help do this, you can engage with the person and say you have noticed changes and try to engage them in a conversation to determine if there is an issue.  During the engagement, be sure to stick to the facts, prepare yourself in allowing enough time for a conversation whether long or short, be prepared for a reaction, (the person may not be prepared to talk and dismiss you), listen with intent to understand and have resources on hand to share with the person.

The support through stages of personal change were shared below:

It was reinforced when listening with intent is to also listen with empathy rather than sympathy which was demonstrated well through this video from Dr. Brene Brown, called “The Power of Empathy.

Follow up and checking in is key in showing support to those who may need it at this point in time in their life.

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