Blog post courtesy of AustSafe Super.
The art of checking in
Listening and showing you care can make a significant difference to the life of someone who is having a tough time with their mental health. AustSafe Super’s workplace wellbeing partner, SuperFriend, has provided the following tips to help prepare for these conversations.
Paving the way for deeper conversations
Getting to know the people you work with and developing a close working relationship is critical. Take the time to learn about their life outside work and what they like to chat about.
Gather your thoughts
What you say is as important as when you say it. Take a few moments to consider what is concerning you and make note of a few examples of behaviours or changes in their behaviour you’ve noticed.
Don’t be an expert
It’s important to recognise you don’t always need to be a counsellor or therapist, and you don’t need to know all the answers. Draw on resources available to you at superfriend.com.au.
It’s OK if they don’t want to talk
Despite raising your concerns, sometimes the conversation doesn’t go anywhere. But if it’s done authentically, taking the time to check-in lets the person know you care and can help strengthen the relationship.
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