Tips for talking to someone you’re worried about

Source: Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) 
As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual

We all know someone who has experienced a mental health issue. It might be your father, a neighbour, your bank manager, your best friend’s daughter, or even yourself.

Sometimes, you might not be aware that a person is struggling. Sometimes, all a person needs to begin their recovery is for someone to recognise the signs that they may be struggling and provide a listening ear.

Senior Project Officer, Claire Gander says RAMHP can help by ensuring that people dealing with mental health issues are identified and linked with the care they need.

“If someone you know isn’t travelling well, we want you to notice and to be able to provide a listening ear and some gentle guidance to support them to find help and feel better.

“We want you to be able to identify signs of mental health issues in yourself, as well as those close to you. And we want you to know that help is available and how to find it,” said Claire.

RAMHP coordinators provide one and a half—three hour Workplace and Community Support Skills Training courses that provide information on:

  • How to look after your mental health
  • Signs that a person may be struggling
  • Finding and providing help
  • How to have a conversation with someone you’re worried about
  • How to help someone at risk of suicide

Tips for talking to someone you’re worried about:

  • Find out where help is available
  • Choose an appropriate time and place
  • Be mindful of your stress levels
  • Listen and show empathy
  • Don’t be dismissive
  • Reassure and offer hope for the future
  • Be respectful and discreet
  • Remember, help is available and recovery is possible

For more information on these programs visit the RAMHP website, email or call 02 6363 8444

How are you going?

For a copy of the How are you going? poster, call the Centre for Rural Regional & Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) on 02 6363 8444.


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NSW Rural Women’s Network is a government program working in innovative ways to promote leadership and action on rural women’s issues. The RWN team is dedicated to connecting and exchanging information with women and stakeholders in rural, regional and remote communities.
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