8 TIPS: What to say after ‘R U OK?’
THERE'S more to say after "R U OK?", and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) is here to help.
Now, more than ever, our rural communities need to check in with each other and stay connected.
Today (Sept 10) is R U OK? Day, a timely reminder to reach out to someone who might be struggling. If
RAMHP coordinator Samantha Osborne said adverse events such as drought, floods, bushfires and a global pandemic have taken a toll on many people, financially, physically and mentally.
"These stressful events can cause feelings of worry and unease, especially when there are high
levels of uncertainty involved," Ms Osborne said.
"We need our communities to look out for each other. If you see someone you know who is
showing signs they might be struggling, it is important to talk to them and to encourage them to take action."
To help you know what to say after "R U OK?", RAMHP has developed its new 'Guide -Having a Conversation', which includes tips on how to start a conversation.
1 . Pick a time and a place: Pick a good time and find the right place to have the
2. Be specific: Tell the person what you have noticed;
3. Ask questions: Ask open-ended questions;
4. Really listen: Listen without judgement, don't interrupt and acknowledge their feelings;
5. Let them know it's okay: Reassure them it's okay to feel the way they do, and that help
6. Support and encourage: Support them in taking positive steps to improve their mental
7. Follow up: Stay in touch and check in again soon;
8. Look after yourself: Make sure you're going okay and ask for support if you need it.
RAMHP has also developed a new dedicated website for rural men called You Got This Mate, which provides action-focussed tips and information to help men reach their best possible mental health.
If you're concerned about your own or someone else's mental health, call the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 for advice, or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
You can also contact your local RAMHP coordinator for support and help to connect with services in the local area.