The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. ~Coretta Scott King
Simple Act of Kindness Sign-Up
This is our ongoing BULLETIN BOARD of CURRENT NEEDS... If you have already signed up below to "GET INVOLVED" with the Compassion Project, we invite you to click on the "Sign-Up Genius" Button to find out about current opportunities to provide simple acts of kindness. CONTACT US
Do you know of a family who could use a simple act of kindness? Please fill out the form and we will be in touch to see if we can help out. It will be anonymous. We do not need to know the name of the recipient. We want to support you in protecting their privacy.
What is the Compassion Project?
One of the biggest reasons people don't seek help or support when they are struggling with a mental health challenge is because of the stigma and shame associated with it. When we each do our part to educate ourselves to better understand mental illness, we help change the conversation.
We can also make a difference by listening and showing compassion. Empathy is a skill that we can all develop in order to better understand and connect with those around us. Empathy refers to our ability to take the perspective of and feel the emotions of another person. Compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help.
The Compassion Project is a committee of the YouthWell Coalition focused on providing "simple acts of kindness". We want to involve parents in the conversation, train parent mentors, and offer nurturing gestures (ie: meal) that show you matter and someone cares.
Our hope is that each person interested in participating would find their own way of giving that fits for them. The function of this committee will evolve based on the member's ideas and needs of our community.
There are many ways to get involved...
- Take a leadership role by serving on the Compassion Project Committee.
Learn more about the needs as well as learning about existing programs and services in our community.
- Get involved in our outreach and awareness campaign
(help design the campaign, write monthly community newsletter, volunteer at parent workshops, etc)
- Be an advocate/upstander for youth by attending your PTSA meetings and keeping other parents informed about youth mental health in our community.
- Educated yourself by attending our community workshops and consider participating in the 1 day Youth Mental Health First Aid training. Learn more about how to advocate for our youth on campus and in our community.
- Provide "Simple Acts of Kindness" as needed. We want to support families struggling with a mental health challenge and show up the same way we do when someone is diagnosed with a physical illness or the way we do for new parents. We do this because typically those individuals are exhausted and overwhelmed and a simple act of kindness serves as a reminder that they are loved and that they have a community that wants to support them.
- This could mean making a meal, dropping off a cup of coffee, purchasing a gift card, picking up groceries... we post opportunities as they come up on Sign-up Genius >
- Create Care-Kits and Cards that can be kept in your car to give to a person who is homeless and could use a bit of kindness. Kits that can be given to students during finals and testing periods. Or kits that can be given to parents to just show you care.
- Write cards that can be given to parents in the ER after a suicide attempt.
Are you interested in being a part of the Compassion Project? Below are ways to support a family struggling with a mental health challenge. If you have the time to lean-in, we encourage you to sign up. CONTACT US