In a world where most people are constantly busy and everything is filled with digital distractions, it is very easy to overlook the struggles that people around us may be facing in silence. That being said, taking a moment to check in on our loved ones’ mental health, and offering them our support, can make a world of difference – even more, it could save someone’s life!
For many organisations – like ours – mental health is a critical concern. That is why we at Dash Access and Inclusion Services rally behind the initiative of “R U OK Day” in Australia, to encourage open and honest conversations that have the power to change lives. This annual event reminds us of the importance of suicide prevention, and it aims to reduce the stigma around mental health. Its fundamental message is simple yet profound: to ask the question: “Are you okay?”. This short inquiry shows that we care, that we are ready to listen without judgement, and most importantly, that we are here to offer support no matter what.
A simple conversation can be a turning point in someone’s life. It can encourage those in need to seek professional help or share their struggles. But, how do we start such a conversation? Here are some helpful tips:
1. Choose the right time and place: Find a quiet, private setting where both you and the person you want to talk to can feel comfortable and safe.
2. Be a good listener: Pay close attention to what the other person is saying. Show empathy and avoid judgement.
3. Ask open-ended questions: Encourage the person to share their thoughts and feelings by asking questions that can not be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.”
Offer support: Let the person know that you are there for them and willing to support any way you can, which may include helping them connect with professional resources.
“R U OK Day” is a powerful reminder that each of us has the potential to make a positive impact on someone’s life simply by starting a conversation. Dash Access and Inclusion Services stands firmly behind this initiative, recognising the importance of fostering connections and promoting mental health awareness. By taking the time to ask, “R U OK?” and genuinely listening to the response, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those around us. Together, we can create a more compassionate and supportive world, one conversation at a time.