Health isn’t just about what you eat. It’s about what you are thinking and feeling too. And now more than ever, no one should feel alone or without the information, support, and help they need. Club members are dedicated volunteers who carry out the club mission and put efforts to create a comfortable environment for conversations and practices for mental health self-care.
Mental health struggles are on the rise globally, particularly among young adults. Suicide remains the second leading cause of death for young adults – including those on college campuses nationwide.
The question is HOW YOU CAN HELP?
The answer: by three simple letters ….V-A-R.
Using the V-A-R toolkit allows you to help yourself and others in a fun, meaningful way. And helps spread an important message “it’s ok to be not ok” and ensuring mental health is prioritized as highly as physical health.
V ………VALIDATE their feelings.
Let them know that what they’re feeling is okay and that you believe them. When someone reaches out to you, validate their feelings and acknowledge that whatever they are going through is okay. Even if you cannot relate with what they are going through, it’s real to them. Be careful not to minimize or judge what they are going through. Try not to fix or solve their challenge if they are not looking for advice and just simply be there for them.
A ……….APPRECIATE their courage.
Speaking up can be a challenging step — let them know it’s a good one. And encourage them to speak more about there emotions and let them know they are not alone.
R ……….REFER them to skills and support.
Let them know that help is available and help them figure out what they need at the moment, and refer them to appropriate resources. Notice that “Refer” is best when posed as a question.
Always know that help is available and we as a club are here for you and you can always spread the word about V-A-R in your community.