It is now even more important that we all promote a sense of community, reach out and ask our friends, family and colleagues, “Are you OK?”.
Some people in your world might be feeling anxious, worried about when things will return to normal, be physically unwell or concerned about their health and wellbeing. Research tells us that people, particularly men, are more likely to talk to family and friends when something is troubling them. We encourage you to use this time to pick up the phone, video call, SMS or post online to check in and see how those in your world are travelling. If you’re feeling well and able to support someone, reach out and let them know you’re there to help now and for as long as it takes.
Remember to trust the signs. Be aware of any changes in online behaviour or the way people communicate:
- Consider the tone and language they’re using
- Are they posting more or less?
- Are they answering your calls?
- Are they communicating as you would expect?
If you are concerned about someone, trust your gut and ask “Are you OK?”. Listen with an open mind to what they have to say and ask them what you can do to help. In the current circumstances there might be limits on what you can do but you can definitely be a listening ear and a (virtual) shoulder to lean on.