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If your gut says something’s not quite right with someone, chances are that they might need a bit of extra support from the people around them. They might be acting a bit differently, seem to have a lot on their plate, or simply aren’t themselves. Don’t ignore those signs but instead take some time to start a conversation.
One of the great things about asking “are you ok?” is you don’t have to know the answers to a mate’s problems. Nor do you have to be ok yourself. Or feel particularly strong. As long as you feel up to listening, not judging and just talking through stuff you have found useful in the past, you’ve everything it takes to have a meaningful conversation to support a mate in need.
The below isn’t a script – they’re tips to help you ask from the heart.
Did you know?
The World Health Organization wants you to be a part of the health system. That's because they know you can pick up on friend's struggles before they become a big issue.
Feeling like you belong makes you more resilient. So, are you helping keep friends and family strong?
Family and friends are the people most likely to persuade someone to get help when they need it.
If they made the effort to talk to a professional and didn't find it helpful, urge them to try a different professional because there’s someone out there who can help them.