by Dr. Ken Larsen
If it’s already been done, it must be possible.
We all have the opportunity to listen and learn from some wonderful people who have done it. These folks regained or maintained their mental health and happiness, what we value so highly.
At this year’s Summit we’ll interview therapists, clinicians, theorists, and ordinary people who have learned valuable lessons. Each are eager to share what they have learned to benefit us and our learning.
On October 10, 2015, World Mental Health Day we will feature one speaker each hour for twenty-four hours. Each speaker will share their insights and experiences so the rest of us can take away a few pearls. The goal is for us all to enhance our mental health and happiness.
Join us. Learn more. It’s free.
You will be given the keys to unlock the treasure chest of experience and wisdom that will be shared throughout the day and night.
The recorded sessions will remain available for a short while after the 10th After that they will be available for purchase at a modest fee.
By Nancy S Buck, PhD, RN
Many years ago when I was employed first at a psychiatric hospital and then at two different comprehensive community mental health centers, I would occasionally call in sick. Some days I just didn’t have the emotional and physical energy to face all of my work responsibilities and obligations. I was also careful not to abuse or over-use this strategy.
Of course this idea originated when I was in high school. There were just some days I didn’t want to face what was before me. Sometimes that included a quiz or test I had not sufficiently studied for. Other times I just needed a break from one more day of the student school grind.
Too often I would ultimately end up actually getting sick. Apparently my guilt feelings would help me stay on an honest path. I also started to notice a pattern related to when I became ill. There were days or weeks preceding the onset of my health problem where I needed a physical, emotional and spiritual break from work. But my sense of responsibility and duty kept me going. Ultimately I learned to listen to those signals telling me I needed a break.
I longed to take a mental health day. But these organizations and agencies did not recognize such terminology. I remember thinking there was something off about working in the mental health field that did not acknowledge and allow for paid leave to support their employees need for mental health.
Eventually my maturation and transformation evolved to the point where I could take my mental health days. This is not what I told my boss or the HR department, but it was what I told myself. I knew I needed to be as mentally healthy and strong as I could in order to effectively and competently deal with my clients who were struggling with their own mental health issues.
I began to fantasize about working for an agency where I could occasionally call in and say, “I feel so good, happy and healthy today that I want to take this day for myself. I’m calling in well.”
Can you imagine such freedom and respect?
Eventually I worked for an agency that actually had such a policy for leave taking. Of course they didn’t call it self-proclaimed well days. But I was given three extra leave days a year in addition to my paid holiday time to use as I saw fit. I used them as my well days.
I feel so good today I don’t want to waste this day at work. Needless to say, my Mental Health & Happiness improved greatly.
Kim Olver is one of the founders of Mental Health & Happiness. She is one of our bloggers at the site, as well as, one of the two people who write the MHH Daily Challenges. Kim is the Executive Director of William Glasser Institute US and William Glasser International. She has worked tirelessly, together with the rest of the MHH Team, in promoting positive mental health and happiness.
Kim is one of the interviewers for the Mental Health & Happiness Summit. Don’t miss it!
Register at http://www.mentalhealthandhappiness.com/MHHsummit.html
October 10th has been designated World Mental Health Day. To support worldwide mental health, the William Glasser Institute – US is sponsoring a 24-hour Global Summit on Mental Health and Happiness.
Taking advantage of the wonders of the internet and worldwide video distribution, we will be featuring notable guests with expertise in many areas of mental health. Interviews with our guests will be broadcast worldwide via Google’s “Hangouts on Air.”
This will be a groundbreaking pioneering effort to demonstrate our connections across borders and ideologies. All of us among the human family hunger for many of the same things that support mental health and happiness. We will be broadcasting presentations with cross-cultural value from several points on our globe. We will have speakers from the northern hemisphere in the United States, we will have speakers from the southern hemisphere, from New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia.
Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian philosopher of communication theory, once cryptically commented “The medium is the message.”
This summit is one way that demonstrates the application of McLuhan’s message. We have the technology to link humanity around the world. In this way, the medium is the message that we are all connected. This connection needs to be nurtured and supported in every way we can.
Be a witness and participant in this historic event. Register for the Summit today and become part of this effort to strengthen the bonds that unite us in the human family. We want to focus on what contributes to the mental health and happiness for all of us as individuals and for us collectively as citizens of this complicated planet.
To register and to look at our guest speakers go to www.mentalhealthandhappiness.com /MHHsummit.html.