• Message from the CEO – May 2024

Tim Collins, EdD, MHA, FACHE, EMT

Hi Team,

In our fast-paced world, where deadlines loom large and expectations run high, it’s easy to overlook one of the most critical aspects of our lives: our mental health. We must prioritize our well-being, individually and collectively, to excel in our professional endeavors and personal lives.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on what it truly means to prioritize mental health. It’s more than just the absence of mental illness; it’s about nurturing a state of well-being where we feel fulfilled, resilient, and equipped to handle life’s challenges. It’s about recognizing that our mental health is as important as our physical health and deserves the same level of attention and care.

Many of us extend ourselves farther than we should, leading to exhaustion, anxiety, and burnout. Social media often glorifies relentless productivity, but it’s essential to recognize our limits and take breaks. It’s okay not to be okay. We all experience moments of stress, anxiety, or sadness, and it’s crucial to acknowledge and address these emotions rather than dismissing or suppressing them and trying to “gut it out.”

Self-care is vital for maintaining mental health. This includes mindfulness, exercise, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying hobbies. We must make time for self-care, as it benefits us and those around us. Strong connections with colleagues significantly impact our mental well-being. Supportive relationships foster a sense of belonging and resilience. Let’s continue to build a workplace culture of empathy, compassion, and teamwork. Remember, you are not alone; your team is here to support you.

As we strive for excellence in our professional endeavors and personal lives, I want to offer some techniques and strategies for maintaining positive mental health. You may want to pick a few of these and try them. I have focused on staying active, prioritizing sleep, and trying to be a bit easier on myself. I tend to be my worst enemy and need to build myself up more than I break myself down.

  1. Practice Mindfulness: Be present in the moment through meditation or deep breathing.
  2. Stay Active: Regular physical activity benefits both physical and mental health.
  3. Prioritize Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.
  4. Nurture Social Connections: Make time for meaningful relationships.
  5. Set Boundaries: Recognize your limits and prioritize self-care.
  6. Practice Gratitude: Reflect daily on what you’re grateful for.
  7. Seek Help When Needed: Reach out for support if you’re struggling.
  8. Engage in Hobbies: Make time for activities you enjoy.
  9. Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself, especially during tough times.
  10. Stay Connected: Use our organization’s mental health resources.

As we continue our journey towards creating a world and workplace that prioritizes mental health, I encourage each of you to take proactive steps for your well-being and support your colleagues in doing the same. Let’s create a workplace where equity and mental health are valued, stigma and stereotyping are eliminated, and everyone feels empowered to seek the support they need. Think more broadly by including others who may feel marginalized or isolated – you will be surprised by what contributions a broader perspective or Team can achieve. Thank you for your dedication, resilience, and commitment to our success. Please take care of yourself physically and emotionally by prioritizing your mental health and seeking out activities or opportunities that keep you balanced and energized.

Warm regards,

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