It’s okay to not be okay

Posted May 18, 2024

As a cancer survivor of 4 years, I know what it’s like to be stressed, depressed, and afraid to talk about your feelings. Being diagnosed at 47 years of age turned not only my world upside down but also my family. Asking for help with any issue you may be going through is not a sign of being weak, but a sign that you are strong. When we have a spouse/significant other, or we have children it is our life mission to make sure that we are the best version of ourselves that we can be. If you are having problems and you think you are hiding them, the people who love you know that something is wrong.

As we navigate the various challenges of life, it’s crucial to remember that our mental health is just as vital as our physical well-being, if not more so. In times of uncertainty and adversity, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but please know that you are not alone. At DC 16, we believe in fostering a supportive community where each member feels valued and supported, especially during difficult times.

Furthermore, I’m proud to highlight the invaluable resources available through our “Helping Hand” program. This initiative is designed to offer comprehensive support and assistance to our members across various aspects of life. From mental health resources to financial assistance and beyond, Helping Hand is here to ensure that you have access to the support you need when you need it most. I encourage you to explore the resources available at https://www.iupat.org/about-the-iupat/our-programs/iupat-helping-hand/ and take advantage of the support services offered.

In times of crisis, immediate help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or by visiting www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Additionally, you can dial ‘988’ from any phone for immediate assistance. Remember, seeking help is a courageous step toward healing, and there is no shame in reaching out for support when needed.

I also want to introduce James Boster, our dedicated mental health liaison at DC16. James is here to provide confidential support, guidance, and resources to help you navigate through challenging times. Please feel free to reach out to James at JamesB@dc16iupat.org if you require additional support or assistance. My phone is always on, my door is always open, and if you need me to call James, no problem.

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