Fill Your Cup First – Mental Health Awareness Week 2024



As the saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” It is important that we fill our cup first, especially when working in the third sector. Inspiralba and the Social Action Inquiry worked together last year to carry out a study that focused on both advantages and challenges faced by those in leadership of several third-sector organisations in Oban, a small town in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Understanding the factors navigating social action in rural areas was the main goal. The study created “The Third Sector Grind,” an interactive PDF that details the challenges faced by individuals who are directly involved in meeting community needs.


Wearing multiple hats of different responsibilities and jumping through the hoops of inconsistent funding cycles while striving to tackle community challenges, third-sector superheroes often experience burnout. So, we did a follow-up study to discuss coping mechanisms to maintain a better mental wellbeing. In this week of mental health awareness, here are some things that will help you fill your cup with kindness and resilience.