In May, we rolled out the Make It Ok program throughout our system to highlight better ways to respond and help someone that is struggling with mental health issues. Any of you that know me well, know that I am super passionate about the mental health services that we offer and our incredible team of therapists. We are looking to expand those services in partnership with our school systems with a goal to Make It Ok at every level. Any of you that have been closely following the Olympics probably saw the story regarding Simone Biles this past week when she withdrew from the team competition. After much speculation, it was shared that she was struggling with her mental health and it wasn’t safe for her to compete at that time. The situation was incredibly unfortunate for her, but what a wonderful thing to share on such a big stage. The message that it is okay to not be okay, and it can impact anyone at any time and that is OK!
As healthcare workers, we often focus on everyone else and making sure their needs are met often leaving ourselves in last place for self-care. At the end of the day we need to be the best version of ourselves, and sometimes in order to accomplish that we may need some help. For some of us that may be having a close friend to confide in, some us may need therapy, and some of us may need medication. I can’t wait for the day when seeking help with mental health concerns is applauded and celebrated for taking excellent care of yourself. Each of us is beautifully unique in what we need, but we can all support each other and continue to Make it Ok!