It’s so important to look out for your friends and colleagues (and family). Whilst helping us through donations, raising funds and volunteering your services are vital for us to deliver on our purpose, something as simple as this – just talking to your friends and colleagues (and family), and asking them how they are, can make such a difference.
Here at WTF, we think this is the best way you could actually get involved – by talking. If you’re worried about someone, whatever their age, talk to them. Very often people who are struggling just want someone to ask them how they are, how they really are. You know them well , you can understand them when they respond. And so, listen. Really listen. You could pick up something others might not detect and then be able to help them.
Whatever you do, don’t shy away from asking. You could just save a life.
It’s not always easy to get started but there are websites out there that can provide great information on ‘checking in’ with your mates. How to approach them, how to phrase the questions, etc.. Take a look at these for some ideas:
Also for more general resources as well as other reading, listening and watching materials for starting conversations see our ‘Help someone’ sections. Use the boxes below to get started.
Just need to let you know that all materials referenced below are to help you to help someone and that Will Garvey Trust Foundation cannot be responsible for their content or use. Here we provide links (signposts) for you, for example to other websites, videos and podcasts provided by other organisations and groups. Please use the information and resources responsibly and review any policies or disclaimers applicable at the referenced sites.