R U OK? Day brings awareness to the hard questions we may need to ask. Your support can make a difference.  Here are some tips on how to ask the question:

Do not tell them ‘others have it worse’. This is equivalent to ‘you don’t get to be happy, because others have it better than you’.

Do not belittle their problems. It may be the worst thing that has happened to them.

R U OK notBe Ready

  • Are you in a good space?
  • Are you willing to genuinely listen?
  • Can you give as much time as needed?

Be Prepared

  • Do you understand that a difficult conversation might happen and you won’t have the answers?
  • Do you understand that talking about personal struggles can be difficult and they might get embarrassed, even angry?

Pick Your Moment

  • Have you chosen somewhere relatively private and comfy?
  • What time will be good for them to chat?
  • If they can’t talk when you approach them, ask them for a better time to come back.

Interested in learning more?  Here are some library databases to help you find information that will increase your awareness of mental health issues, manage stress, identify the warning signs and suicide prevention.

Griffith students have access to free and confidential counselling services, and any other types of support to help you stay in control while studying and to tips to help you when you have finished your studies.

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