Today, the Taylor team came together for R U OK? Day. Connecting over a pizza lunch, we checked-in with our peers and reminded ourselves that every day is the day to be asking, “are you ok?” We focused on the opportunity R U OK? Day presents to inspire and empower each other, and to recognise and reach out to others who may be struggling.
It’s safe to say that we could all use a little helping hand from time to time. R U OK? Day is a chance for us to re-engage and to start a conversation around mental health, to create an environment of acceptance; one that normalises asking for help.
While asking someone R U OK? is important, it can also be a difficult question to pose. There are important steps that follow this conversation – knowing how to manage these can feel a little overwhelming, however the following approach can help get you started.
1. Ask R U OK?
Be relaxed, friendly and concerned in your approach – remember, if they don’t want to talk, don’t criticise them.
2. Listen with an open mind
Don’t rush or interrupt – show that you’ve listened by repeating back what you’ve heard, don’t judge, just acknowledge things are tough for them.
3. Encourage action
Be positive about the role of professionals in getting through tough times – we’ve listed some resources below if you’re not sure where to start.
Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.
If you, or someone you know has indicated that they are struggling, the following services can provide additional help.
– Emergency services if there is threat of danger to yourself or others (000)
– Lifeline 13 11 14
– Suicide call back service 1300 659 467
– GP (mental health plan)
– Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
– MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
– Beyond Blue information and referrals 1300 22 4636
– SANE Australia 1800 187 263