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What To Say When You Are Not Fine

In celebration of National Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to bring attention to something we can ALL relate to, being vulnerable and asking for support. It is hard to show others that you are suffering when you are stressed out or not feeling mentally ok. When a colleague or friend sees that you are not your normal self and asks if you are ok instead of saying you are “good” or “fine,  use some of these great lead-in lines from Mental Health of America’s, “Where To Start”, to ask for support even if you don’t know what you need. “Not so great to be honest” or “Thanks for asking. I have been very down lately.” You may be ready to talk about it and say, “Do you have time to take a walk with me?”,  “I need to vent.” or “Can we get coffee later?”

You may need time to get your thoughts together and say, “I don’t feel like talking right now but I will take a hug.”, or “Can I come to you when I am ready?”

Find your trusted circle and lean in/on them when you feel mentally and emotionally challenged. It is ok to not be ok, however, don’t stay there. Thanks to MHA for providing amazing resources to promote mental wellness as well as awareness of mental health everywhere! Find additional resources here

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