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The struggle that more and more people are going through is real. It is an illness that cannot be seen, but is becoming more and more in today's society. It is mental health. You need to take time for yourself. Tomorrow is R U OK day, A day we are to think and ask someone if they are OK. To sit and listen to how they are feeling. A day to look at our self as well and check that we are also OK.
With life becoming so busy, with families having both parents working and the fact we are now contactable and in touch 24/7, as a society we are mentally struggling. We never take down time to rest and recharge our batteries. This is why R U OK day is so important.
More than ever we need to take the time to check on those around us. Take the time to rest and check our selves as well. But why only make it one day of the year? It doesn't have to be. It needs to be done regularly. This way, we can help each other out of this illness that is becoming a world wide epidemic.
We need to open up the lines of communication, and no longer make people feel like failures due to not being able to cope the way we expect them to.
For me it is quiet simple. Talk. Talk. Talk. It is the best way to help yourself. It also lets others know you need help as you are unwell. A great starting point is with those around you and your GP if you are struggling. Never think you wear your underwear on the outside of your pants, or wear a cape. You are not a super hero. That is just fantasy. You are you, and at times need help. I am one of the lucky ones who sort help and have been given tools to help me when things are getting to me. It doesn't mean I am cured. It means that most of the time I can function well and keep this disease at bay.
Today. Tomorrow. The next day and so on. Check in with the ones you love, including children, and ask the question. R U OK. Then listen. Encourage action and finally keep a check on them.
If you or someone you know is struggling here are some numbers and organisations that can help:
LIFELINE 13 11 14 OR lifeline.org.au
BEYONDBLUE 1300 224 636 OR beyondblue.org.au
SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE 1300 659 467 OR suicidecallbackservice.org.au
For children the contacts are:
KIDS HELPLINE 1800 551 800 OR kidshelp.com.au
HEADSPACE (for 12-25 years of age) 1800 650 890 OR eheadspace.org.au
These are all available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.