Mental Health Awareness Week

There are many strategies available to us to support our mental health and wellbeing and I’ve shared one below, which is pretty simple for most people to implement. However, the major issue we face is that people still aren’t comfortable talking about their mental health, thus any support that is available for them isn’t utilised because very often, other people aren’t aware there’s a problem.

Most if not all of us will at some time have noticed a family member, colleague or friend behaving differently, but often don’t do anything about it because we’re scared to ask Are you OK? Here is some information from and a link to a very useful website which will help you to manage any such situation in the future.

Got a feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it.

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load.

If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask. Learn more.

I would encourage you all to be comfortable to ask Are you OK? And if asked, be equally as comfortable to answer truthfully, especially if the answer is no. PLEASE REMEMBER asking for help isn’t a weakness, it takes great courage, but people can only help you if they know you need it. For more info please click here.

Kevin O’Leary – General Manager of Business North Harbour

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Kate Thorpe

Kate Thorpe