When times are tough, it’s time to talk.
Life can be tough and unfair. There will be occasions when we experience loss of some sort – such as a job, relationship, grief or our health. And whether it’s one event or a build up of stress over time, it can overwhelm us. When it does, it’s important to not make any major decisions. It’s normal to feel this way at some stage in our lives. And in such times, the best action is to connect with someone who can help us see all options clearly – and keep us safe.
Concerned about a mate?
- Notice the difference in your mate’s behaviour
- Ask the question, “Hey mate, are you ok?”
- Take your time to listen to them
- Keep your mate safe by calling someone - help your mate get the help they need
NEED HELP YOURSELF?
- Tell a mate that you are struggling
- Connect with someone who can help
IT'S OK NOT TO BE OK...
- Life is rarely a perfect picture
- Often others around you struggle as well
- Tough times can end, and normality returns.
Please ask for help
- Recovery is possible
- Mental Ilness can often be managed and full recovery is possible
- Most people surviving suicide go on to live fulfilling lives
Even when you have it all
- Gratitude, Realise and value the good thinkgs you have got
- Help others, Small or big
- Build a support network
ARE YOU AN APPRENTICE?
Whether you need support yourself or have noticed one of your mates might need a hand, it’s good to talk and we want to let you know that there are people that care. If you’re on a MATES in Construction site – you can find a workmate with a Green Connector Sticker on the hardhat, or you can get in touch with us. We can connect you with a mentor, or just to have a chat.Click here to connect with us.
How you can help
You may have noticed changes in your mate’s behaviour or they have said something that concerns you. Sometimes it can just be your gut feeling that they are not right.
When someone doesn’t seem themselves, and you are worried, ask the question, “Hey mate, are you ok?”
Don’t be afraid to ask “Are you thinking about suicide?”
Take your time to listen. Sometimes, just telling their story can help.
“Let’s talk about this, I am listening. This is important.”
KEEP SAFE & CONNECT
Keep your mate safe from harm. “I want to connect you with someone who can help keep you safe”.
Connect them to someone, whether it be a family member, GP, Lifeline or MATES in Construction. Help your mate get the help they need.