Important discussion

IT TAKES courage to ask simply and directly “are you okay?” if you are concerned about someone’s mental health.

What if they are actually fine? Will they be offended? What do you do if they are not okay?

These are common concerns people have when it comes to asking a friend, colleague or loved one “are you okay?”

But when responding to someone who is doing it tough, a simple “I’m sorry to hear that” is a good response.

You might follow this up with “would you like to talk about it?” to open up the conversation if the time and situation is appropriate.

If not, agree on a more suitable time to talk.

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