September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Here in Australia, September 9th is RUOK Day.
Before I launched Her. Wellbeing. I worked in crisis support, specifically suicide prevention, for over 12 years.
Working in that space for so long contributed so much to who I am today. It left such an imprint on my heart and my perspective on life. You are so often working in the context of people who have reached the peak of their crisis, they have often lost hope and cannot fathom that things could get better.
I created Her. Wellbeing. because I want people to prioritise their own wellbeing and self-care every. single. day. so they are not getting to the point where they feel this way, to the point where they would consider suicide.
I don’t want people to just prioritise their wellbeing when things are hard and they know they need to change something, and not just when things are easy, and they remember to do what nurtures them. But ALL the time, to the point where it becomes second nature and habit.
I want everyone to have inspiration, resources, tools, habits that ensure they are able to care for themselves in a way that allows them to ride the ups and downs in life and grow and learn from them. I want everyone to have the support required to enable and empower them to cope when things get a little overwhelming.
For anyone reading this who is not ok- please know that things can get better. Please just talk to someone about how you are feeling. Whether that be a trusted loved one or a support service. I know it seems impossible to reach out, but please tell someone.
For those who are concerned about someone they know, please just ask the question “are you ok?”. You could actually be saving someone’s life just by checking in with them. You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to know what to say. Just listening and supporting them is enough. Help them to find the support they need.
Given what the world has thrown our way this year, it’s so important now more than ever to check in on the people in our lives- and ask the question “are you ok?”.
Even when people appear to have everything together, it’s often those people who don’t get the support they need because everyone assumes they are ok. Use today as a pathway to start what might be a life-changing conversation with someone.
Please know you are not alone. Please know you are loved and that you matter. Please know there is hope. Please prioritise your wellbeing and mental health every. single. day.
Please take care of yourself and those you love. If you need support or are concerned about someone you know, the following support services are available here in Australia to help you: