Thank you for choosing to start your Tuesday with a Chooseday mindset.
October is a month of new beginnings as the weather in Australia has officially warmed up to Spring while many of us are looking forward to wrapping up the year and planning for the next. This month is also the month for plenty of important observance days and one that stands out for us is World Mental Health Day that falls on October 10th. That's why we're choosing to check in first with ourselves, with our mates, families, colleagues and just anyone we are concerned about. We're so caught up in the business of everyday life and work that we often forget to stop and check in with how we're doing mentally. Even for others around us, perhaps they've been acting out or not their usual selves and need someone to notice and ask if they need help or at least, a listening ear.
In Chooseday Episode 25 we chose to ask "R U OK?" in line with Are You OK Day. While World Mental health Day can be considered "Part 2", we feel there shouldn't be specific days that we check in and then check out for the rest of the year because poor mental health is on the rise.
One in 5 Aussies (aged 16-85) have experienced a mental disorder in the last year, according to The National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing.
It's ok to ask - "Are you OK?"... "Do you need my help with anything?"... "What's been on your mind lately?"... "Are you alright? I'm here to help..." In fact, we would make someone's day or even save a life if they are going through mental issues like depression, anxiety or chronic stress.
Let's choose to check in and make it a habit where first we observe and then gently approach to come from a place of empathy and kindness.
Thank you for Checking in!
For World Mental Health Day in Australia, the theme is pretty simple but powerful - "Look after your own mental health." We're still going through the aftermath of a 2+ years pandemic and our mental health has been somewhat affected by the experience.
It's even more important now than ever to look after our own mental health and to look out for others too. To find or give support, these charities are always here to help.
Know someone who wants to participate in making the world a better place with Choosedays? Forward them this email or show them all the good things happening on Choosedays!
Workplace Giving Program - Quick Links