The 6+ Model – A Connection of Care

April 29, 2020 11:52 am Published by Dave Scholes

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The power to make positive cultural change is in the I, WE and US

Six degrees of separation is the idea that all people are six, or fewer, social connections away from each other. As a result, a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy in 1929 and backed up in 2008 by Microsoft.

By studying billions of electronic messages, they worked out that any two strangers are, on average, distanced by precisely 6.6 degrees of separation. In other words, putting fractions to one side, you are linked by a string of seven or fewer acquaintances to Madonna, the Dalai Lama and the Queen. And if Bill says it, it must be right!

I’m not sure if I like separation. I’m more a connection kind of guy. So, what if everyone in the world is connected in 6 steps? Not only does this mean I’m a stone’s throw away from my heroes, but it also means I can ‘technically’ support anybody in the world in 6 conversations. I like that!

Our core aim as Mindsight is to positively impact negative mental health statistics, in and outside the workplace. But we can’t do that on our own, and why would we want to? This is where the 6+ Connection of Care comes in.

The big idea is that EVERY ONE of our interactions WILL create at least 6 more positive wellbeing engagements. The 6+ model will impact 25,000 lives in the next 10 years.

That’s a bold statement, but it’s a simple concept, and we’re already part way there. It’s all about flipping the focus.

In a Friday lunchtime, you chat with your colleagues in your workplace or organisation. Then on Friday evening, you talk about what you have learnt with friends in the pub or family at home.

Now flip the focus, what if we actively make those chats are about positive health and wellbeing. It opens up conversation, engages care, reduces stigma and encourages further interaction in weeks to come.

The 6+ model starts with one purposeful conversation. For every one of your conversations, the other person then speaks to 6 more people in the same way.  And there we have a Connection of Care.

YOU ARE support – An arm round, a chat, the biggest champion and the best mate.

YOU ARE positive language and appropriate terminology

YOU ARE a link to help. Not an expert but knowing where they are.

YOU ARE a tool kit of backup and support

YOU ARE all in! Head and heart.



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