by Heather Pitre, WHF Events and Communications Specialist
Change. It's inevitable. It happens, whether we like it or not, often when we least expect it. We can resist it, try to avoid it, but it's going to keep happening. It's a time of year when many of us make big changes. Resolutions to eat better, exercise more, start new projects, and end others.
It may not be the change that's so hard, but the transition to the next phase that many of us find very uncomfortable. Even scary! We don't always take the time to really end situations, or take a break in a neutral zone, before moving on to new beginnings. Relationships, jobs--many things can be very hard to let go of. Sometimes we need to burn down our old houses before we can rebuild new ones. The great Talking Heads song comes to mind.
Here at WHF, we have gone through major transitions ourselves, and will be entering into a new phase to start a Health HoME for Workers in Transition Program very soon. We hope to be able to help thousands of Washingtonians who are unemployed, underemployed, or facing work transitions. We want to help them build Health HoMEs and give them resources to improve their health while they are in a new phase of their lives--one that can be extremely stressful and confusing.
We will use our innovative Personal Health Advocate Service, and other key Health Home tools, to connect workers in transition with the resources they need to cope with the physical and emotional stresses of unemployment. Our advocates will also help workers through the process of building their own Health HoME. For more information on this program, call 855-WA-HEALTH or email DaveH@whf.org.
We wish you luck with all of your transitions! We hope we can be of help to you.