How To: Checking In
A Short Example of a Good Way to reach out to someone to "Check In"
It may be difficult to know what to say when reaching out to the people you care about. Whether it be loved ones or the countless people you don't know well on social media who have posted ambiguous stories or posts regarding their mental health. Checking in is a way to ask those around you if they're doing okay. Not only can it make the individual feel more comfortable to talk about what's going on, it also shows that you care, and may open the doors to decrease the stigma surrounding communication about mental health. Checking in is a great tool to utilize, one that we hope everyone can use to eventually spark people to reach out when they need help. This is just a simple way to show them they're not alone. Ultimately, it can strengthen that important thing called communication, and the whole spectrum of relationships we have in our life. This can strengthen the sense of community and encourage the implementation of a support network.
->We created an example of how one might check-in->
When checking in, remember to not overexert yourself, nor to place responsibility for others safety on your shoulders. It is not your responsibility to bare all of that weight. If the person/s you check in on seem to need or express the need for immediate help from a professional, below are some national and local resources:
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) National: 703-524-7600
NAMI HelpLine: 800-950-6264
NAMI Lehigh Valley: 610-882-2102
Crisis? Text NAMI, HOME, or TALK to 741-741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) National: 888-333-2377
Speech impaired/Deaf/Hard of Hearing TTY: 800-799-4889
For any emergencies, dial 911.
A Message From,
Maria & Drew