IT HELPS TO CHAT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

THIS year, more than three mil­lion Aus­tralians will ex­pe­ri­ence de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety or both. To­day, seven Aus­tralians will die by sui­cide.

It may be some­one in your fam­ily, a per­son you work with or a mate on your footy team. You may have no­ticed some­thing is amiss, but you are not sure if you should say some­thing or mind your own busi­ness.

Many peo­ple do not know what to say or worry they could make the sit­u­a­tion worse by ap­proach­ing the per­son.

But reach­ing out to some­one you are wor­ried about is of­ten the cat­a­lyst for that per­son start­ing on the road to re­cov­ery.

To help peo­ple to have what could be a dif­fi­cult chat, be­yond­blue has pro­duced a guide on how to Have the Con­ver­sa­tion.

The guide ex­plains how hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion can help peo­ple feel less alone and more sup­ported in get­ting help for anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion, and what to do if your at­tempt to have the con­ver­sa­tion is met with a bad re­ac­tion.

Visit www.be­yond­blue.org.au/ con­ver­sa­tions GE­ORGIE HAR­MAN, chief ex­ec­u­tive, be­yond­blue.

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