Promoting open conversations about mental health and well-being, the IGS School community participated in the annual R U OK? Day today. The theme this year is “I’m here to hear”. R U OK? is calling on all of us to let the people you care about know you’re here, to really hear them. By taking the time for an R U OK? conversation and genuinely listening with an open mind, we can all help the people in our world feel supported and connected. Of course, we know this is important to do everyday, not just on R U OK? Day!
Recognising the increasing challenges associated with managing our mental well-being and conditions such as anxiety and depression are important to our teachers and school community. Elements like academic stress, the impact of social media, family interactions, and societal standards all impact on individual wellbeing. When we really listen to someone without judgment, we help them express their challenges and troubles. We also help to validate them – we acknowledge that the feelings and problems they are experiencing are very real to them. We may not have a solution for the problems they are experiencing, but just being present and listening is one big step towards helping them.
The day’s activities and initiatives serve as a powerful reminder that we are all in this together and that seeking help is a sign of strength. IGS looks forward to continuing this important conversation throughout the year.
If you need help starting a conversation with someone in need, you can find resources here.
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