Thank You

The International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers (IBEW 551)

We can work together to help those who struggle with mental health issues

There are Brothers and Sisters out there struggling with mental health issues that are affecting themselves, a family member, a friend, or a co-worker. We can all become more aware to reach out if we see someone who seems to be struggling, lean in and remind them that they are not alone. Remind them by your actions, not only your words. Show them you care by listening. So many times, we try to help those in need but, even with the best intentions, we can’t seem to understand why we are only making it worse.

If you are in the company of someone who is going through a difficult time, and it seems that everything you say doesn’t get through, or doesn’t seem to help at all – then maybe it’s time to try something

Take a look at the Do, and Don’t say columns here and you will see examples how many of us think we are helping, when in fact we could be making someone’s struggles greater. We can all be a lot more aware of the issues surrounding mental health and together we can help those who are in need.

Don’t Say:

“It could be worse.”

“Snap out of it.”

“Everyone feels that way sometimes.”

“We’ve all been there.”

“Pull yourself together.”

“What’s wrong with you?”

“Try thinking happy thoughts.”

Do Say:

“Thanks for opening up to me.”

“How can I help?”

“Do you want to talk about it?”

“I’m sorry to hear that, it must be tough.”

“I’m here for you when you need me.”

“Can I drive you to an appointment?”

“How are you feeling today?”

It’s ok to not feel ok. You are not alone.

Please call one of the numbers listed below for the classification you are working under.

For Inside Wiremen,
Sound & Communication,
and Residential members

We have a Member Assistance Program or MAP
(Optum Health) that our health care plans provide.

Call 877 225 2267

For CE/CW members

We have Live Health Online

Call 888 548 3432

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IBEW 551 - A Proud Co-Sponsor

IBEW 551 The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 551) is proud to co-sponsor this website which aligns our organization with Rotary’s initiative to combat the stigma surrounding mental health. We acknowledge the suffering of individuals who frequently conceal their feelings and neglect available support. This website is backed by IBEW for its potential to offer life-saving resources. If you or someone you know is grappling with mental health issues, utilize this guide to locate county-specific resources and embark on the path towards improved well-being.

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