Welcome to the Cafe! Here you'll find a range of resources aimed at helping you start a conversation with the important people in your life.
We're going to assume that you're here because you know someone who's going through a bit of a tough time. First of all - kudos to you for wanting to help! Starting "that" conversation with someone may be the most important conversation you, or they, ever have. Chances are, though, that neither you or they quite know how to navigate that conversation. If you did, you probably wouldn't be here...
As mentioned in the disclaimer, everything you read below is for information purposes only - imagine we're your great uncle giving you advice: A lot of it might be really relevent to you, other parts you might want to take with a grain of salt. It's advice, not an infallible methodology.
Things to be aware of before you get started:
The following is just one possible process for starting a conversation if you think someone is going through a tough time:
QUESTIONS ARE FATEFUL
After all of this, you may still be questioning whether a simple conversation really has the power to change someone's life. That's fair enough.
So, we want to share one of our all-time favourite stories about a man named Don Ritchie. Don passed away in 2012 at the age of 82. He lived at the Rocks in Sydney, which just so happens to be Australia's number one suicide spot.
He wasn't a doctor or a pyschologist - he was an insurance salesman. Living across the road from the cliffs, he would sometimes see people standing on the edge looking as though they might jump.
When this happened he would simply go over to them and ask them in for a cup of tea and a chat.
That's it. A cup of tea and a chat.
That simple act officially saved over 160 Australians. Don was an ordinary man that possesd two things: Empathy and courage: The empathy to care about others and the courage to do something about it.
You're on this website because you want to help - you already have the empathy. All that's required now is that small step to have the courage to start a conversation.
Below are a range of super useful resources from across the web:
The Mental Health First Aid Austalia website provides a plethora of absolutely awesome PDFs with lots of info about various mental health issues. They're all written for people like you - who want to understand and indentify how to help others.
Possibly of most use to you are the:
If you're interested in become more proficient in the mental health space, you might want to consider doing an accredited short-course. Mental Health First Aid Austalia have a range of options.
There are a heap of other websites that have more information that either you, or the person you came here for, might find useful: