May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Those experiencing a mental health issue, such as an emotional crisis, depression, anxiety or stress, can reach out to Occupational Health Nurse Ayanna Williams or the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), administered by Metropolitan Family Services, at 800-905-0994. There is no cost for you or your family members in your household to use the EAP. Up to six confidential short-term counseling sessions are provided to address personal concerns. Sessions are confidential.

Tips from Metropolitan Family Services

Coping with feelings of isolation

Feelings of isolation may be common, but that doesn᾿t mean it᾿s permanent. Here are some tips on how to cope with feeling of loneliness and isolation.

Validate feelings

Acknowledge the emotion “I feel lonely” and understand that it᾿s temporary.

Set small, attainable goals

Setting small, attainable goals can provide you with hope and a welcome sense of forward movement. These micro-achievements act as steppingstones, helping individuals regain control over their lives.

Be mindful of negative self-talk

Often subtle and internalized, negative self-talk can increase feelings of loneliness and disconnect, leading individuals to believe they᾿re undeserving.