The 1in5 Anti-stigma Campaign focuses on normalizing the need for mental health resources and removing barriers for those who want to access care. Starting the conversation regarding these significant yet treatable issues also opens the door to providing support.

As we move through Mental Health Awareness Month and focus on various mental health concerns, this week, we examine grief and loss. The loss of a loved one is life’s most stressful event, and the natural response of grief can cause a variety of effects on mental health. Keep reading to discover strategies for navigating the grieving process.

Coping with loss
Grieving a loss, whether it is a loved one, family member, friend, co-worker or beloved pet, is painful and complex. The grieving process is different for each person. Unlike physical injuries, recovering is not a linear journey. How you cope depends on what works for you and not what other people consider to be the “right” way.  Below are some tips to help you or a loved one through this difficult time:

  • Take care of yourself. Eating healthy and getting quality sleep can make it easier to cope.
  • Allow yourself to feel. Do not be afraid to acknowledge emotions such as anger, loneliness, sadness or fear.
  • Do what works for you. Don’t measure your process against others. Whatever you do in a healthy and productive way is acceptable for you.
  • Stick to a routine. Grief can disrupt your everyday life and cause turbulent emotions. Sticking to a routine can help you feel more in control and establish a sense of normalcy.
  • Seek support. While you may sometimes feel alone as you are grieving, you are not. There are others in your life, such as friends and family, that you can look to for support.

Finally, if you need further help coping with grief and loss, working with a mental health professional can help you learn helpful tools and provide support.

Help is available
As always, your SupportLinc EAP is available 24/7/365 to provide advocacy and resources to support various mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress, work-related pressures, relationship issues, and substance use. To contact SupportLinc, you can call them at 1-888-881-LINC(5462), email them at, or visit their website at and use the group code psh.