Asking R U OK? You’ve got what it takes

Visiting the GP last Friday I noted their promotion of R U OK day to be held on September 10. Given that I was there because of the people around me totally lacking in the ability to connect with another person’s situation, it was poignant.

The basic statement below from the R U OK site seems obvious to me. It is not too difficult to notice a change in people’s behaviour. If you are in a position of responsibility for managing staff then it is even more relevant.

‘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.’

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