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Welcome to our blog!
I’m delighted to kick-off a new means for The Working Mind (TWM) communities to share knowledge, exchange ideas and outline practical tips on everything from course delivery to self-care.
Knowing that we are part of a movement more powerful than our individual effort is a motivating feeling. By joining forces across the country through this new blogging platform, it’s my hope that a meaningful two-way conversation takes shape: one that invites instructors, course participants and MHCC employees to reflect on how MHFA and TWM have enriched their workplaces, supported their well-being and engaged people from disparate professional backgrounds.
Sharing our experiences through the telling of stories is a tradition as old as time itself. Blogging is just a modern way to connect on that level with people we might not otherwise meet. I envision this blog as a safe space. A place where we can confess a weakness, a fear or a concern and be met with compassion and constructive suggestions. A place where we can share our triumphs and successes and receive the affirmation we deserve. Your competence, skills and empathy are helping someone find a new path – one that leads to more self-awareness and greater self-care.
This blog is also a venue to seek support, because putting up your hand to help others isn’t always easy. Knowing that others have walked in your shoes can be reassuring during times of stress.
The strength of our relationships is one of the greatest predictors of our mental wellness. Investing the time in building ties with colleagues and peers from coast-to-coast is guaranteed to pay off.
And, best of all, because this online group goes out into the world to build bridges of understanding, our brick and mortar communities will be more welcoming and inclusive places.
Write about why mental health training is important to you. Share ideas about course delivery that got terrific feedback. Ask the burning question that you can’t resolve on your own. Identify teaching tips that others may find helpful. Or simply reflect on your involvement in MHFA and TWM, and what brought you the greatest sense of satisfaction.
There is nothing more important than making a human connection. We hope this blog will help you do just that.
This is your community. It’s my privilege to welcome you.