Recent events have turned our lives inside out. Many people are are struggling, depressed, anxious, and wondering what their lives are all about. We seem to be surviving the pandemic pretty well, especially when compared to our ‘allies’, the US an UK. But people are now facing troubling and uncertain futures. Relationship strains, poor health, job losses, business shutdowns, digging into our super, relying on government handouts, cut off from friends, isolated from our families… These are all serious stressors. It’s easy to take our minds to dark places. How are you holding up? There are times when it all seems too hard. Friends, there is a way. There is hope. And there is help available.
Today is ‘Keep a low profile’ day. Well, I expect it will be for many. It’s actually R U OK day – a day to remind us all that it’s important to look out for one another. The trouble is that many will cringe if the only time people care for them is on a designated day. Every day is a good day to ask R U OK. So let’s slow down sufficiently to keep an eye out for each other.
I know a good number of my friends aren’t OK. Life sucks sometimes, and sometimes often. I get this. Sometimes life feels like the walls are closing in on me and I need help to see the big picture.
So if you’re not OK, please reach out.
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
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(Original artwork by Liam)