The metaphorical question would you catch me if I’m falling, would you be a safe pair of hands to guide me along the way? resonates with everyone at some point of their lives. This could relate to health, relationships, financial or career.
The feeling of being powerless, not knowing what to do, where to turn to, who to trust and a loss of mental gravity can be likened to a sense of falling. I.e. loss of control with no firm grasp of how to overcome the situation. In times like this, everyone needs the opportunity to vent or express what they are feeling to select family members, friends, expert organisations or, a combination of all three.
At KicKStartAndInspire, we believe the selflessness act of being prepared to help someone, or guide someone to an organisation that can provide help, can change lives for the better and brings uplifting rewards.
11 Key attributes to being a safe pair of hands for someone in need
- Have a calm voice
- Show openness
- Be trustworthy
- Show humility
- Be honest
- Show empathy
- Exercise a balanced non-judgemental manner
- Be a good listener
- Be patient
- Understand that when someone decides to share what they are going through, it may be a gradual process over period of weeks or even months. This is where attributes such as patience, understanding and being a good listener is critical key.
- Consider a holistic mind, body and wellbeing approach. (e.g. nutrition and exercise, meditation, yoga, positive affirmations, self-help books, educational events)
Below are example organisations that can be contacted to provide help and advice.
The Mix http://www.themix.org.uk/
The Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/
Child Line https://www.childline.org.uk/
Find more organisations in our directory