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Re: [CHAT] RUOK day: How to ask, how to help

@FootyFan26 It definitely is hard asking for help and for me too there were times where it took a lot time to ask for help and yes I was nervous at first, but the initial nerves are absolutely worth it in the long run. From watching your discussion on here, you've got a lot of insight and a lot of strength and you definitely have it in you to ask for help, even though it feels difficult now. Don't give up on yourself, you are worth help, you are worth recovery. And we haven't given up on you, we believe in you! 

Re: [CHAT] RUOK day: How to ask, how to help

Okay that question got me right in the feels. 

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Thank you all so much for sharing that! 

RUOK has this cool thing where you can put your message up you can check it out here

Re: [CHAT] RUOK day: How to ask, how to help

@Ben-RO that page is so cool, definitely going to have a look at that soon!

Re: [CHAT] RUOK day: How to ask, how to help

This has been such a great session, thanks to everyone who joined in! Smiley Very Happy

Re: [CHAT] RUOK day: How to ask, how to help

And on that note it's time to put this thread to bed! 

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@KitKat Will summarise for us all tomorrow Smiley Happy 

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Bye guys, hope you have a good night Smiley Happy

Re: [CHAT] RUOK day: How to ask, how to help

Thanks everyone for a great discussion. Once again I'm glad I was able to come along for it Smiley Happy

 

Goodnight everyone!

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Re: [CHAT] RUOK day: How to ask, how to help

Thanks everyone! I really enjoyed the discussion tonight! Thanks to @KitKat @Chessca_H and @Ben-RO for facilitating and for your hilarious gif contributions! 

Re: [CHAT] RUOK day: How to ask, how to help

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What an amazingly massive conversation last night! I was seriously blown away with everyone and their responses, you were all definitely killing it! Thank you all so much! An extra big shout out to @Ben-RO & @Chessca_H for helping out last night!  

 

So, what did we discuss last night that was so awesome? I've put together a little summary for all of below:

 

What are some ‘signs’ that someone may be struggling and needs you to ask if they are okay?

There are so many different signs it would be impossible to list them all! Like many of you pointed out last night, we're all different and how we represent ourselves and our feelings can be very different as well! At the end of the day, it's always okay to ask if you're not sure. Some of the more common signs we came  up with included:

  • Withdrawn, unusually quiet, seeming upset, don't want company.
  • Changes in routine, not doing things that they normally like / enjoy, sleeping or eating patterns change.
  • Over the top happy, being upbeat and cheerful even about things a person would normally be sad about.
  • Irritable, frustrated, get annoyed easily.
  • Trying to minimise their feelings (aka "It's okay, it doesn't matter anway).
  • Anything that might be different or unusual for that person.

 

What kind of things can we say to let the person know that we’ve noticed something is wrong? How can we begin the conversation and help them open up?

  • "I" statements, for example "I couldn't help but notice....", "I was thinking the other day....", "I'm worried about...."
  • Ask them - "How has life been treating you lately?"
  • Make sure you're in a chilled out place so they feel comfortable talking.
  • Be non-judgement, remind them that you're there for them.

 

What are some things we can do during the conversation to show that we’re listening and that we care?

  • Positive body language (eye contact, not looking bored etc).
  • Do not play with your phone, give them your full attention!
  • Don't interupt them.
  • Active listening skills (ask questions, clarify things, reflect, put things in your own words).
  • Help them relax a little with a joke or story if appropriate. 
  • Don't disagree with them or tell them that their feelings are "wrong".
  • Don't act differently just because they're going through a rough time, no one wants to be "babied".

 

What are some things that we can suggest to someone going through a hard time that may help them?

  • Talking to people at ReachOut! (YAAAAY!) or making use of other services such as the GP, school counsellor, helpines, Headspace. Teachers and parents can also be a great help, as can anyone that they trust and feel comfortable around.
  • Taking some time out to relax and destress - do something that they enjoy and makes them feel good.
  • Offer to go with them to appointments if they're nervous or embarrassed (even if you wait outside in the car).
  • Encourage self-care (eating right, getting sleep, exercise, scheduling chill time).
  • Remind them you want to support them.

 

If someone has confided in you about something, what are some ways that you can follow up with them, or even help them out with their action plan?

  • Let them know you're still around with a text, phone call or facebook message every so often.
  • Don't be overbearing or pushy, but checking up and seeing how they've progressed with action plans may help.
  • Consistency!
  • Go with them to things, be part of their action plan.
  • Keep up the support! Remind them that somethings the road to healing can be long.

 

If someone doesn’t want to talk to you but you are worried about them, what are some things you could do to look out for them and let you know that you’re still there for them?

  • Keep an eye on things and let them know you're still there if they change their mind.
  • You could check in with other people (like siblings or friends) to make a bit of a support network, but need to be careful that it doesn't look like you're talking about them "behind their back" or that you're overstepping the mark.
  • Send them a little care package to make them smile.
  • Suggest another service (ie. Lifeline or BeyondBlue) that they could contact instead if they ever feel like talking.

 

Talking to someone about how they’re struggling can be a stressful experience for us as well! What are some ways that we can make sure we look after ourselves during the conversation and after it?

  • Be aware of your own boundaries.
  • Remember your own self-care!
  • Make sure you're in the right kind of headspace and don't be afraid to take a moment for yourself.
  • Have some time for yourself afterwards - do something nice and fun!

 

Sometimes we’re the ones that need to be asked if we’re okay, and that’s totally normal! Is there someone in your life that you know that you can turn to if you feel like you need support?

  • Family members.
  • Friends and co-workers.
  • Support services (like ReachOut & Lifeline).
  • Teachers.
  • Even our pets can be there for us! Sometimes it's not about talking, it's just about having someone there with you that you know loves you.

 

If you could write a thank-you note to someone that has asked you if you were okay, or helped you in the past – what would you say to them?

Aww, you guys had such awesome, lovely notes! It makes me happy to know that there is someone out there that you have that connection with! The guys at R U OK? day are running a little online thing where you can actually put together a than...! It has cute little notepaper and everything!

 

 

AND THAT'S A WRAP GUYS! Thank you such an awesome Getting Real session!