This Mental Health Month is about going back to basics so we're going back to our mission of combating loneliness through the power of authentic human connection and peer support.
Loneliness is detrimental to our health
Being lonely increases the risk of emotional disorders like depression, anxiety and substance abuse. It also puts people at greater risk of physical ailments such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, hypertension, dementia and premature death. New York Times
Authentic Human Connection
Humans were built for connection. We thrive in it and being without it can be harmful socially, mentally, physically, and environmentally.
The Power of Peer Support
Peer support systems promote overall health and well-being and have been proven to both support recovery from mental health conditions and prevent more serious mental health issues from arising.
Peer supporters are people who have experienced their own mental and emotional struggles and are trained to provide non-clinical strength-based support for others experiencing similar issues. Research shows that peer support can improve people's wellbeing by promoting overall health and wellness, expanding support networks, and increasing self-esteem, confidence and social skills. Mental Health America
Back to Basics
At the end of the day, we all need to be heard and seen for exactly who we are. We all need someone to listen and understand.
We need each other.
Be yourself. We'll listen.
Our listeners are trained to offer support, and most importantly, we are human beings who have experienced pain, loss, uncertainty, and loneliness, too.
And we are here at the moment you need us.