R U OK? How to talk about mental health (3 min read)

Good friends are there for the fun times, and great friends stick around when times get tough. But knowing how to support someone in their tough times is not always easy and even starting a conversation about mental health can seem tricky.

So what can you say if you notice that someone in your life seems out of sorts or when someone tells you they are struggling? Well, plenty, as it turns out. And its not that tricky after all.

The key is to just start the conversation, listen, and be around - even if that's by text or zoom right now. You don't need to know all the answers but it can help to know where to go to find out more. You just never know when you might need it.

Here are some of our favourite Ted Talks and other resources on starting difficult conversations about mental health.

Jeremy Forbes - How to start a conversation about suicide

Bill Bernat - How to connect with depressed friends

Reach Out - Friendships

Heads Up - Starting a conversation

Posted by Daniela De Fazio - July 23rd 2020