Having the mental health conversation
Research suggests that conversations that ‘check in’ with people can make a big difference to their health and well-being. Similarly, lots of ‘little chats’ may make a ‘bigger’ conversation easier.
For this reason, if you notice a behavioural or physical change in a person, you might say something like:
“I’ve noticed a change. I care about you. I would like to help. Would you like to have a conversation?”
Alternatively, “I’ve noticed a few things lately and I thought I’d check in with you about them…”
Take a look at this guide from Heads Up for more information.
Where to get more information?
At Open Door we have been running Mental Health First Aid courses for some time now. People who have undertaken the program have moved from a 3/10 to an 8/10 when it comes to having confidence in having a mental health conversation in the workplace. As a result, we are helping break down the barriers to conversations in the workplace. Similarly, there are a lot of organisations that offer support.
To name a few, you can speak to trained counsellors from:
Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
Kids Helpline: https://kidshelpline.com.au/
Better Pride: https://betterpride.com.au