In the month of October, I will be writing a series of blog posts about bad leadership styles. How to spot them and ways to activate positive outcomes for each of these style types to improve communication and to become an overall better leader.
The Absentee Leader The Ghosting Leader The Workplace Bully Leader The Inflexible Leader The Vampire Leader
My ultimate goal is for Leaders to recognize these types of behavioral styles within themselves and work on becoming more pleasant to be around at work and home.
Come and join me in this Leadership series and engage in the comments about each Leadership Style you have personally experienced and the impact they made on your career and home life. ~ Patti
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Recently suicide touched my life. My cousin killed himself in June and one of my dearest friends son died by suicide recently. You never think that this would ever happen to a love one, your child, family member or friend.
My friend asked me to write a blog post about suicide awareness, the aftermath of the suicide and to address the importance to recognize risk factors and warning signs. If you are contemplating suicide please seek help from suicide prevention experts like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).
Suicide leaves deep wounds that won’t heal. The people who love you don’t forget and the hurt will be there for the rest of their lives. It is a constant memory and causes a lot of questioning of why. The love ones may blame themselves thinking they could have prevented it. The sorrow that never ends. The memory of the event doesn’t go away. The deep grieving emotions keep coming back over and over again. What happened doesn’t make sense. The people left behind are devastated. Living with this is like having a piece of your heart ripped out of your chest that won’t heal.
Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse, suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better. ~ Unknown
Support Group’s Can Help After Suicide – Due to the nature of suicide it is important to share it with others who have been through it. A survivor’s support group offers a place to be understood and accepted. It can be an extremely helpful tool for healing and going on.
Risk Factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. These can’t cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they are important to be aware of.
Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
Alcohol and other substance use disorders
Hopelessness, feelings of no reason to live
Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
History of trauma or abuse
Major physical illnesses
Previous suicide attempt(s)
Family history of suicide
Job or financial loss
Loss of relationship(s)
Easy access to lethal means
Local clusters of suicide
Lack of social support, isolation and social withdrawal
Stigma associated with asking for help
Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)
Warning Signs – Being aware of some of the warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these warning signs, please seek help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves, communicating suicide intent or plan
Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Talking about being a burden to others
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or isolating themselves
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Extreme mood swings
Making final arrangements (wills, notes, giving away personal things etc.
Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone approach them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce suicidal ideation. Talking with someone about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. With awareness we can all come together to help prevent suicide.
Ask how they are feeling
Let them know you care about them
Let them know there is help available
You never forget a person who came to you with a torch in the dark. ~ M. Rose
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.
This week September 9 – 15, 2018 is National Suicide Prevention Week surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day to share resources, stories and promote suicide prevention awareness.
Hashtag – #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope.
Hashtag – #WSPD2018 – World Suicide Prevention Day 2018
Hashtag – #YouCanTalk – is a campaign encouraging people to discuss suicidal thoughts openly.
Encouraging comments are always welcome and please share this post with your colleagues, friends, and family on your social networks! Sharing is caring and this post may save a life!
This month is National Self-Care Awareness Month. Why is self-care so important? So many of us work without ceasing. Burn-out and overwhelm is becoming an epidemic. Work-Life balance is a must to keep our sanity. Acknowledging awareness of preventing burn-out is the key to keeping your life in harmony.
What one thing can you do each day for a little self-care this month?
Here is a list of ideas to get you started:
Eat a healthy meal
Drink plenty of water
Sleep for 7-10 hours
Exercise for at least 20 minutes
Get a medical and/or dental check up
Take 5 to 10 minutes to to pray or meditate
Listen to relaxing music
Take 5 minutes to color
Write in your journal
Take 30 minutes to be creative
Go on a weekend vacation
Take a hike or walk
Read a book or magazine
Spend quality time with family and friends
Knowledge and thank others
Watch the sunrise or sunset
Watch your favorite TV show
Go to the movies
Go to a yoga class
Snuggle with your pet
Take a nap
Have a big cup of tea or coffee and savor it
Get a massage
Play a musical instrument
Take a bath or long shower
Turn on some music and dance
Do a cross word puzzle or word search
Buy some flowers, smell them and admire them throughout the day
The best gift in life is taking care of yourself and enjoy it! Taking care of yourself isn’t being selfish it is crucial. My hope is this blog post will encourage you to take some “me time” throughout this month and do daily self-care while having a little fun taking care of you! ~ Patti 🙂