As a nurse in mental health, I try to focus on something that brings me joy every day, especially during the tough times. It’s the personal connection with others that brings me joy. Laughing with others and having deep conversations about how we feel about our life’s journey and sharing what goals we have for the future build that strong sense of community. Being inclusive of everyone, having empathy, and hearing what the person feels – and needs – are crucial. I say to my friends that my job in life is to love people, encourage them and make it easier for them.
Natalie Rasmussen, registered nurse, Mental Health Advice, OFNHP (Northwest)