Characterized by compassion, care, and love — Emotional Support Humans show a willingness to help people around them. More than ever, our friends, loved ones, and community need support in these challenging times. Emotional Support Humans can use this website as a resource for how to start conversations supportive of mental health even during social distancing.
To get started, here are four tips for how to reach out to check on a loved one from your own home.
Emotional Support Humans Wanted
Do you have a friend or family member going through a hard time? Have you noticed someone you love facing a mental health challenge? Be their Emotional Support Human! You don’t need to be a mental health expert to show that you care. The top five reasons why you should be an Emotional Support Human for the people in your life are…
- You care, but you may not know how to show support. Don’t let that stop you from reaching out. The only way to learn what they need is to ask.
- Telling someone to “get help” isn’t always enough – sometimes they need help getting help.
- The only guaranteed way to let them know you care is to tell them.
- They might need to talk – And they could be waiting for you to show that you’re willing to listen. Don’t be afraid of bothering them; they don’t have to talk to you if they don’t want to.
- Doing nothing can make things worse – when we don’t talk about mental health, we allow the stigma around it to continue.
How do I get started?
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Good Human! Join us and sign the pledge to become an Emotional Support Human. You’ll join a growing group of people in Howard County who care, and you’ll receive a downloadable copy of tips and details on Emotional Support Human etiquette.