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We check on our mates today

R U OK? Day is an important reminder for us to check on friends and family. 

We encourage the promotion of mental health centred conversations and are pleased that the R U OK? campaign normalises the discussion.  September 10 is the perfect opportunity to reach out to those we care about and make a simple welfare check. 

Protect members, and the family of Protect members, have access to a free and confidential counselling service available 24/7 by calling 1300 725 881.

Suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge however, theories suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions - “Are you OK?”. If someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would, if they seem out of sorts or agitated or withdrawn - or they’re just not themselves, trust that gut instinct and act on it. You can learn more about the signs and when it's time to ask R U OK? here

Remember:

Some conversations are too big for family and friends to take on alone. If someone’s been really low for more than 2 weeks - or is at risk - please contact a professional as soon as you can. Call Protect Counselling on 1300 725 881.

What if they're not ok?

If you get a reply from someone that tells you that they're not ok, the campaign advises you to follow up with them to show that they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. 

  • Ask: “What have you done in the past to manage similar situations?”
  • Ask: “How would you like me to support you?"
  • Ask: “What’s something you can do for yourself right now? Something that’s enjoyable or relaxing?”
  • You could say: "When I was going through a difficult time, I tried this... You might find it useful too."
  • If they've been feeling really down for more than 2 weeks, encourage them to see a health professional or call Protect Counselling on 1300 725 881. You could say, "It might be useful to link in with someone who can support you. I'm happy to assist you to find the right person to talk to.”
  • Be positive about the role of professionals in getting through tough times.

Dedicated Counselling Phone Number

Free call 1300 725 881

Protect counselling is a free confidential service for individuals seeking support, as well as employers and workers wanting advice on the best method to assist colleagues dealing with a range of concerns:

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