(We promise, it's worth the read)
A mouse, looking through a hole in the wall, sees the farmer and his wife open a package. He was terrified to see that it was a mousetrap. He ran to the patio to warn everyone. - "There is a mousetrap at home!"
The chicken, cackling and digging, says, "Excuse me, Mr. Mouse, I understand that it is a big problem for you, but it does not hurt me at all."
So, the rodent went to the lamb, but he answered similarly: "Excuse me, Mr. Mouse, but I don't think I can do more than keep you in my thoughts and prayers."
The mouse went to the cow, and she said: "But am I in danger? I think not!" said the cow.
The mouse returned to the house, worried and dejected to face the farmer's mousetrap.
That night, a great noise was heard of the mousetrap catching its victim. The woman ran to see what she had caught. In the dark, she did not see that the mousetrap caught the tail of a poisonous snake. The speedy snake bit the woman.
The farmer immediately took her to the hospital, she came back with a high fever. To comfort her, the Farmer prepared a nutritious soup, grabbed the knife, and went to find the main ingredient: the chicken.
Since the woman did not get better, friends and neighbors visited them, so the farmer killed the lamb to feed them. Sadly, the woman died; to cover the funeral expenses, the husband sold the cow.
All too often, mental health is treated like the mousetrap - perhaps we hear about a need, and we genuinely mean well, but we continue on our path, feeling unaffected... until we are. Nearly every day, our EmpathyHQ team is busy helping individuals, families, and communities work through unexpected difficulties. This can look like::
- Offering hope and prevention for a Texan at risk of suicide;
- Teaching coping mechanisms for a teenager suffering from anxiety and panic attacks;
- Providing guidance and skills for a parent suffering from clinical depression;
- Strengthening self-esteem and resilience for a trauma victim with PTSD;
- Improving communication for a family struggling to connect or handle a new diagnosis;
- ....and SO much more!
We need your help!