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It only takes a few seconds to show someone you care. To reach out and touch a hand, offer a hug, start a conversation…Yet, the impact can be life changing.

Connection can save lives, and as a coworking space founder or operator, you have probably already experienced the power of taking that moment to connect. 

In a growingly disconnected world, with a person committing sucide every 40 seconds, we can’t take these moments for granted. This year, World Mental Health Day 2019 is raising awareness around suicide prevention with their campaign, “a day for 40 seconds of action”.  On October 10th, they are inviting everyone to unite in our efforts to improve the mental health of people around the world by taking 40 seconds to make a difference. Here are a few of the ideas they share for how to take action (click here to see full list of ideas)

  • If you are struggling, take 40 seconds to start a conversation with someone you trust about how you are feeling
  • If you know someone who has lost a loved one to suicide, take 40 seconds to start a conversation and ask them how they are doing.  
  • As a coworking space owner/manager, take 40 seconds to formulate a positive message of support to your coworking members about resources available to them in your space or in the local community in times of mental distress. (Read our blog post for 8 Tips to Help You Navigate a Crisis of Suicide in your coworking community for more support.)
  • Spread awareness by sharing messages of support and advocacy on your social media platform and use hashtag #40seconds and #WorldMentalHealthDay

Talking about mental health helps remove the stigma and when we model transparency and humanity, we give permission to others to open up and share what they are feeling. 

In doing that emotional labor for your communities, remember to also take care of your own mental health. We understand the importance of continuing these conversations and equipping you with the understanding, resources and tools you need to cultivate communities of care. We are here for you.

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