Do you have a strong community in your neighborhood?

Coming together builds social capital,
which can be used to improve community resilience.

Resilience is often thought of as a personal quality, something we each must develop to weather the storms of life. However, it can also be seen as a social quality that emerges when people come together in the face of difficulty.

When we help each other through tough times, we build resilience not just in individuals but in entire communities. In the aftermath of a natural disaster, for example, coming together to clear debris and rebuild homes can help people recover more quickly and create a stronger sense of community.

There are many resources available to help individuals get through a tough time.

Similarly, coming together to support a friend or family member who is emotionally struggling can help both the individual and the community. By coming together and supporting each other, we can build resilience in the face of challenges and change.

If you find yourself or someone else in a mental health crisis, it’s important to remember that you or someone you know are not alone.

Here are some things the experts recommend keeping in mind if you or someone you know is facing a mental health crisis:

Seek professional help: If you or someone you know is having difficulty coping with certain emotions, it is vital to seek professional help. Therapists can provide support and guidance.

Talk to someone you trust: Talking to a friend or family member can be a great way to relieve some emotional stress. This person can offer a listening ear and provide emotional support.

Take care of yourself: During a mental health challenge, it’s essential to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of rest. When we take care of ourselves, we are better equipped to respond to life’s challenges.

Visit MentalHealthFirstAid.org for essential resources. We also invite you to learn more about our 2022 Summer Winter Mental Health First Aid training events.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 911 in case of emergency.

Learn Mental Health First Aid. Ensure you know how to give it. Get certified today. You will be glad you did!

 

Stay tuned for more blog posts on ways to build strong communities!
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Posted: May 31, 2022


Category: Disaster Preparation, Relationships & Family, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: CEU, Extension, Florida, Mentalhealthfirstaid, Miami-Dade, Workshop


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