“If you do initiate that conversation, make sure you do it in a safe environment and that you’ve got the time to listen as well.” R U OK? Ambassador and Neighbours star Mavournee Hazel shares why she believes in the power of a conversation.
Asking your mate how they’re travelling can make a real difference. It can be tough to know what to say but the most important thing is to give it a go and listen without judgement. You don’t need to have all the answers.
Did you know? In 2014, the ABS found that 60% of Aussie men experienced personal stressors that affected them, their family, or a close friend. Common stressors were the death of a family member or close friend, experiencing a mental illness, struggling to find a job or going through divorce or separation. Physical health, financial and family stressors can all impact men's mental health so... View details ⇨
Conversation tip: When someone’s been bottling things up, giving them the space to let it all out can bring a sense of relief. But remember not every problem can be solved with one conversation. If they’re having a tough time, let them know you’re there and check in with them again soon.
“When I was a bit younger I was a bit down. I went through a bit of a tough time and had a bit of anxiety. From that, depression set in quite easily and before you knew it I was in this depressed mode and it was very hard to get out of.
“Having conversations did make me feel a lot better. You tend to work through things a lot quicker than if you hold it all in. You get it off your chest. You... View details ⇨
“As I got older I saw a lot of friends become isolated because of drug addiction and depression, friends of theirs - close friends, would distance themselves from them, saying things like “they’re not the same person any more” and “what can you do?”. I know from personal experience that having a mate in hard times can sometimes make all the difference and I really hope this will inspire people... View details ⇨
Don’t ignore the signs that indicate a mate might be going through a rough patch. You might notice changes to their diet, routine or physical health. You may notice that they’re withdrawn, taking more risks or disappearing into their work. Trust your gut. If it says something’s up, start a conversation using these tips.
“In my life I’ve suffered bouts of mental illness and depression and at times you could say I was in a psychosis. A couple of occasions I was living on the street. It was at those times, when I couldn’t control the next thought that was coming in to my head, that luckily for me someone stepped in.
“Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to ask for help. But if you can just be with that person... View details ⇨
When men are discouraged from talking about their feelings and expressing their emotions, they’re also discouraged from seeking help. Let’s change that by talking regularly with our friends, family and loved ones about life’s ups and downs.
Did you know? A beyondblue report found 50% of men rarely talk about deeper personal issues with friends but almost a third wished they could open up more.
A lot of men want greater openness with their mates and the chance to talk about personal issue but don’t always have the skills or tools to start the conversation and respond when a friend opens up to them. That’s why we’ve got tips to... View details ⇨
13-19 November is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week. Every year more than 1 in 7 new mums and up to 1 in 10 new dads are diagnosed with postnatal depression. Even more are thought to suffer with anxiety. The effects of the illness ripple throughout the community and it's important for expecting and new parents, as well as those around them, to be aware of perinatal depression... View details ⇨
Did you know? A beyondblue report found 1 in 4 men aged 30-65 have no one outside their immediate family they felt they could rely on. Let’s change this by making a promise to talk more with our mates about life’s ups and downs.