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Compassion is at the Heart of This Year’s Mental Health Week

The Transformative Power of Compassion: A Path to Mental Wellness

Compassion, stemming from the Latin term “to suffer together,” is more than just a feeling; it’s an innate response to the struggles of others, coupled with a genuine desire to alleviate their suffering. While empathy involves sensing and understanding another’s pain, compassion takes it a step further by prompting action. Dr. Paul Gilbert identifies three dimensions of compassion: giving, receiving, and self-compassion.

Source: Canadian Mental Health Association

Why Compassion Matters: Unveiling the Human Nature

Despite common beliefs portraying human nature as selfish and self-serving, the truth is quite the opposite. Research indicates that compassion is deeply embedded in our biological makeup and fundamental to our understanding of ethics. Compassion isn’t just a feeling; it’s hardwired into our brains and biology, shaping our inherent inclination towards kindness and care for others.

Source: Canadian Mental Health Association

Embracing Compassion: A Gateway to Personal Growth

Compassion isn’t merely altruistic; it’s profoundly transformative, enriching our lives in myriad ways. From fostering meaningful connections to enhancing psychological well-being, the positive effects of compassion are far-reaching:

  • Giving and receiving compassion fosters psychological well-being and resilience, offering support during challenging times.
  • Engaging in compassionate acts, such as volunteering, promotes longevity and purposeful living.
  • Compassion cultivates healthier, more fulfilling relationships, acting as a key predictor of relationship satisfaction and success.


As Mental Health Week unfolds, Sterling Brokers reaffirms its unwavering commitment to mental well-being. Through our established partnerships with Dialogue and Telus Health, we proudly offer comprehensive mental health support to our community. From virtual therapy sessions to counseling and psychiatric consultations, our collaboration ensures that individuals have access to the resources they need, conveniently and confidentially. By leveraging these partnerships, we continue to prioritize mental health and foster a culture of support and resilience.

Webinar: Cultivating Compassion in the Workplace

This Mental Health Week, GreenShield Health invites you to a thought-provoking webinar on breaking mental health stigma and fostering compassion in the workplace. Join esteemed speakers Harriet Ekperigin, Kendra Fisher, Dr. Jeff Alfonsi, and Michael Landsberg as they delve into personal stories of mental health struggles, strategies for fostering a culture of acceptance, and holistic approaches to mental well-being.

Date: May 6, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Register here!

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” Wendy Mass