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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Focus on Mental Wellness by “Listening to Self”

Listen to inner voice

Remember when you were a kid about to reach up and touch a hot iron and a loud voice said, “NO…stop!”? You were told, “Don’t touch it, you’ll burn your hand!”  Did you listen or did you touch the hot iron anyway?

We sometimes hear our own voice letting us know we may need help or are heading to a danger zone. Do we listen or ignore that internal warning?

Craig Barnes, Human Resources strategic solutions manager, shares his story about difficulties bouncing back after “rubbing dirt” on something that weighed heavily on his life. 


For several weeks, HR has been sharing mental health awareness stories through TeamPlano.us – testimonial videos included: 

Although May is Mental Health Awareness month, being mentally healthy and fit is not just relegated to one month. It’s something that needs our attention continually. Below are a few mental health resources the City offers:

Additional resources: 

  • Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741
  • Veterans Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255 – Press 1
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

As we contend with personal and work situations during these not so normal times, unusual pressures may be encountered that aren’t easily shaken. Please remember, “It’s ok to not feel ok, but it’s not ok to not ask for help.” 

Even the smallest things we do and say impacts the people we work and live with every day. What you do makes a difference! We are in this together. You are not alone. We are Team Plano.

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