Conversations To Save A Life
The Northern Beaches is a small community, in relative terms. Yet for such a small community we have a high rate of suicide, particularly in young men. With R U OK? day just around the corner it’s an important time to strike up one of those conversations. Call up a friend who doesn’t seem themselves, ask them round for a cup of tea or out for dinner. You never know the effect that something so simple may have on a fragile mind.
Another important message to let people know, even more so than asking if they’re OK, is to encourage people to speak up when everything isn’t OK. As part of the Northern Beaches community, we strive to continue this conversation and make sure that this is a place where people feel comfortable to open up and express how they feel.
There are a wide range of support services available to people now, so that if you’re not comfortable speaking to a friend, there’s a stranger out there to listen to your woes, such as the below:
LIFELINE – https://www.lifeline.org.au/ 13 11 14
KIDS HELPLINE – https://kidshelpline.com.au/ 1800 55 1800
HEADSPACE – https://headspace.org.au/
MENSLINE – https://mensline.org.au/ 1300 78 99 78
All of these services are here to help take some of the stress and pressure away from the intensity of stress & anxiety. When a wave of depressive anxiety kicks in, people are often prone to irrational though process. So if you ever find yourself stuck in a war with your mind, just pick up the phone and call one of those numbers and someone will be ready to talk you through your hardship.
So pick up your phone, check in on a friend, check in with yourself, ask for help and breath in. Life is a tough thing to navigate, and no one needs to try and find their way without the help of others. There’s always someone willing to listen and to help in your time of need.