How to get help with small tasks when your mental health blocks your way

Published May 12 2021 at 6:48 PM GMT
  • Timber Talbot knows what it feels like to be too tired to eat, too anxious to make a phone call, too bogged down by an ever-growing task list to even do the simple stuff.
  • As someone who has endured their own mental health challenges their entire life, Talbot understood, firsthand, the debilitating feeling of inaction.
  • I need to brush my teeth or I need to do the dishes,” Talbot said.
  • “That feeling can just be so, so crippling… It’s overwhelming.” After discovering their friends were also having a hard time getting through simple, everyday tasks due to feelings of fatigue, depression, or ADHD, Talbot started Extra Spoons, a Facebook group where anyone could post a simple administrative task they didn't have the capacity to do themselves — from scheduling doctor's appointments to drafting short emails — and anyone else could help them do it, often responding within minutes.
  • In just a few months their mutual aid group with about a dozen members transformed into a space where more than 4,000 people come together every day to help each other get stuff done.



  • Published May 12, 2021 6:48 PM GMT