Checking in with your family and friends and asking how they're going is important, but can be tricky.
To make the conversation easier, you’ve got to figure out four things: the right location, the most constructive questions to ask, the best ways to respond and what to do afterwards.
When you're worried about someone, sometimes the best thing you can do is listen and let them know you're there for them.
Here’s a few ways you can be a good mate to someone going through a rough time:
- Find a nice quiet time and place to chat– and don’t force it if they say they don’t feel like talking
- Ask them open ended questions, rather than just telling them what you think. When people are going through something tough, often, they just want to be understood.
- Offer your support, but don’t try and solve their problems unless they ask for your advice.
- Ask what you can do to make them feel better and give them support.
- Tell a parent or teacher if you’re afraid they might not be in a safe place.