The definition of hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Many of the clients that we serve have lost a sense of hope. Circumstances and mental illness have brought pain and sadness into their lives. Many become depressed and begin to feel like all is lost. Life holds no happiness in the present. The future only looks bleak and dark.
So, then as the staff, how do we help and coach those who come to us broken and hopeless? In my years of experience, I have found that a simple smile and greeting can uplift a saddened heart. Kindness always matters. It can be as easy as a softer tone of voice, a validation of their pain, or simply a listening ear.
As staff, we have a lot of control over the atmosphere in our facilities. Hopelessness creates the breeding ground for thoughts of suicidal ideation. There seems to be no point in trying when the future holds no chance of a better life. The beauty of what we as staff can give is that of the gift of hope. We can teach our clients coping skills that can become part of their daily routine. These skills can assist them in being more positive. Many times, a client has so much negativity in their lives that it seems difficult or even nearly impossible to bring the light of hope.
It takes time to bring a more positive mindset to anymore who has low self -esteem and a poor view of who they are. It is vital to help them understand that they are worth it. There is a special purpose that only that person can fulfill. Teaching thankfulness as a way of life can bring peace and contentment. As long as there is breath in your body, there is hope for a better future, a better life. You never fail until you stop trying.
At the end of the day, life is hard. But, through all that happens, beauty can be found. Sometimes, that hope is harder to find, but it is there. Bringing that positive atmosphere fosters one of hope which is that feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Hope brings that knowing even when your world is falling apart that the future will get better.