If you are a farmer and fall off a tractor and break your leg you more than likely will need to see a doctor to get your leg fixed. If you are a firefighter and fall of a fire truck and break your leg you will most likely end up at the same place the farmer is to also get your leg fixed. The fact is that you both have a broken leg and the process to heal your leg is going to be similar, how you got the broken leg is not the same but all in all the outcome and healing will be.
The stress that comes from breaking your leg may also be very similar even if you are from two different backgrounds in that now you are worried about how are you going to feed your family while you are out of work. Who is going to feed the animals or check the crops to make sure they are growing well, who will have to pick up extra responsibilities at your job because now you can no longer perform certain chores or duties?
When it comes to mental health, the same thing applies, the environmental factors that may trigger a mental health crisis can be completely different between a farmer and a firefighter but those feelings of self-doubt and that your life doesn’t matter, or the overwhelming feeling that you are worthless or a failure all feel the same regardless of your profession or livelihood.
What a person does for a living does not make their mental health any more or less important than yours. Understanding a person’s background or lifestyle may make it easier to communicate with someone who is needing help, but the overall picture is that the person needs help regardless of how they got to where they are in their time of crisis. The more we open up the lines of communication and talk about mental health awareness the easier it will be to help someone in a time of need no matter if that person is a farmer, a military veteran or if that person is an engine mechanic.
Not only is there a need to make conversations about mental health less uncomfortable there is also a need to continue educating people on the signs and symptoms of mental health issues. If you want to learn how to perform CPR because you feel it might help you save a life there are many resources you can utilize to get that kind of training, we need to have the same thing for how to deal with mental health issues.
This year has been one heck of a strange year, one nothing like many of us have ever seen before, mental health problems are on a steep incline as this year drags on, be sure to check on your neighbors, friends, coworkers and family, drop someone a note or message asking them if they are okay if you suspect they may be struggling. A lot of people are suffering right now and unfortunately a lot of people experiencing a mental health crisis will suffer alone because they are too afraid or too embarrassed to ask for help, or they may simply not know how to get help.
You don’t have to have all the answers to help someone, sometimes just the idea that you cared enough to ask them if they need help is enough to give someone a shred of hope that maybe they can get themselves better, just talking to someone might be all that person needs for them to decide they want to make that call for help.
In summary don’t be afraid to reach out and help someone regardless of what that person does for a living, you may not understand why someone does what they do or you may not understand the reasons of why someone is struggling, the point is in the big picture we all hurt and struggle the same and we all have the ability to help one another.