Just ask. Just listen has been developed to provide information for family/whānau and friends of people experiencing mental distress (also known as mental illness).
Here you’ll find tips to help you support someone experiencing mental distress, information on making sense of your beliefs and suggestions about what you can do.
Everyone’s experience is different. It can be a tough time for all involved. When someone is feeling out of sorts, striking up a conversation can seem awkward. We believe the best place to start is to keep it simple. Just ask, “Are you ok?”, then whakarongo/listen to their answer.
Don’t rush in with your opinion or suggestions. Let them lead the way. By doing this, you can foster a relationship based on respect. They will feel heard and in control of the kōrero/conversation.
- Tips on how to tautoko/support someone
- Understanding mental distress
- What you can do
- Looking after yourself
- Where to go for more help
Information for whānau and friends of someone experiencing mental distress, including:
Resources for Just Ask. Just Listen are available from the Health Promotion Agency shop.