Supporting Each Other 👫👬👭
As the old saying goes, problem shared is a problem halved. And while that may not be 100% accurate in all cases, having support is key, especially when tackling issues like mental health.
Having support and providing support those around us can have a huge impact. The smallest gesture could make a difference for someone, without you even realising it. Everyone is going through something, so by opening up lines of communication and having a ‘safe’ non judgemental support network is important for all of us.
RECOGNISE PEOPLE’S BEHAVIOUR AND BE AWARE OF SUBTLE CHANGES 😂😅😪😥
Knowing someone well or seeing them regularly means that you will have a good sense of how they ‘normally’ behave. Look out for any subtle changes, for example: withdrawal, self-depreciation or even a change in the way that they are dressing or eating. Not all changes appear negative though, some people swing the other way and become increasingly extroverted in their behaviour. So don’t assume that if they’re acting happy that they actually are. Tragically, some people who appear the most upbeat are the ones suffering.
You don’t need to scrutinise to notice if they’re not acting like themselves.
MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE AND APPROACHABLE ❤️👌✔️
If you’re ‘too busy’ or rushing through conversations people may not feel comfortable coming to you to talk. Create opportunities for people to reach or chat to you if they need to. By not over scheduling yourself or allowing people to see that you’re happy take the time (or will schedule some) to talk, they’re more likely to approach you or take an opportunity to begin a conversation.
We all have important ‘things’ to do but remember, tasks are never as important as people.
BE PRESENT AND IN THE MOMENT 🙌😚💛
If you’re having a conversation with someone or even sharing some time, be present. If your mind is elsewhere you won’t be the support you may think you are. You need to be present to be supportive, not just physically but mentally and emotionally too.
A simple as that… just listen. Don’t judge, don’t try to steer the conversation, don’t try to ‘fix’ every problem and don’t relate everything back to yourself. Being heard is incredibly powerful.
FOLLOW UP 😎💌💭
Check in and follow up. Your support doesn’t need to end with the conversation. Take a moment every now and then to check in, especially if someone has shared with you. A quick text, invitation for coffee or call shows your ongoing support and that you genuinely care.
How do you nurture your mental well being?
And if you’re one of the many people suffering or going through a tough time, please speak with someone. Please. You may not feel like it will help, but it will xox
R U OK , Lifeline, Beyond Blue are great resources if you need support. 💖💖💖