I’m not going to write much right now because I’m still processing, but just had a few thoughts I didn’t want to lose.
Today has been hands down the hardest day since I started here. Yesterday (Sunday) a client that has been working with my center tried to commit suicide. She came extremely close to the point that she barely had a pulse when they found her. While this in itself is unsettling and hard, she came into the office today for help and I was the advocate there at the time. I felt so overwhelmed and like I didn’t know how to handle it, but luckily I was able to pull in my coworker and allow her to take over. From observing her in this difficult situation I want to remember to:
-Be honest, if something makes me uncomfortable/feeling like I am hiding something from a client, it’s best to let them know and be honest.
-BREATHE! Relax. if I am tense and doubting what I’m saying it’s only going to worry the client — have confidence in what I’m saying and know that I can do it.
-Remember my role and what I’m there for. Don’t try and be anything but that.
-Don’t shy away from the hard questions/topics. If there’s a concern or possible concern, bring it up and let them decide if they want to talk about it.
Today is a reminder that I am still learning and I don’t feel like I am the best advocate I can be.