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Adrian Monroe from Richmond Wellbeing joined The Brekky Show this morning for R U OK Day.

We have more and more public profiles, coming out and saying they’re taking a break from work, or from social media, for “mental health”. Adrian Monroe thinks that this “celebrity news” is a great opportunity to create a positive stigma around saying “I’m not ok.”

“In our workplace, in our sporting clubs, say to your friends, family, colleagues ‘gee-I’m glad that guy is getting the help he needs, there’s lots of help out there.’ Comments like ‘it’s quite common these days but its good people are getting help, they’ll bounce back pretty quickly.’ When I hear of sportsmen having time off I say to people in my cricket club ‘I hope people in our club know that this is a safe space to talk and I hope that if someone if our club was going through that they would talk to me about it. So there is some really non-threatening, easy ways to let people know it’s safe to say “actually I’m not ok.'”

When people have anxiety or pressures or feel down, a lot of it is just a natural response to life. So Adrian is passionate about breaking the stigma around mental health because these feelings are common. People go through this all the time. Adrian always says that most people bounce back bigger and better after they access help.

The Bouncing Back program by Richmond Wellbeing.

In this program Richmond Wellbeing goes into sporting and community clubs and teach the people in that group what is mental health and giving them the skills to talk and listen when someone says “actually I’m not ok”. They also run another session as a part of that program with the group leaders on how to create an environment and culture where people are supported. Find more information on Bouncing Back here.

Listen to the conversation below:

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