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When someone says they're "fine", but they aren't.

When someone says they're "fine", but they aren't.

If we're honest, it can be frustrating when someone is very clearly struggling and they say they're fine. We're checking in and we're trying to cre...
Brené Brown on vulnerability

Brené Brown on vulnerability

I don't usually watch TED Talks. I don't have anything against them, it just isn't the way I choose to pass my time and my interest isn't always pi...
Support Guide: Less 'I' More 'You'

Support Guide: Less 'I' More 'You'

The third point of my Support Guide, Less 'I' More 'You' is all about taking yourself out of the situation. It is an explicit reminder that this si...
Every Day is RUOK? Day

Every Day is RUOK? Day

As RUOK? Day passes for another year, an important mantra must stick in our heads: Every day is RUOK? Day. Whilst a lot of their promotion is focus...
Reasonable Standard contribution

Reasonable Standard contribution

I contributed a piece on empathy as a guest writer for Reasonable Standard, an online platform dedicated to honesty and wellness amongst law studen...
Featured Card: I'll Just Listen

Featured Card: I'll Just Listen

When someone we care about is struggling, our inclination is to want to understand it and fix it. We start asking questions, When did this start? H...
How to reach out to a work colleague

How to reach out to a work colleague

Let's be honest. Sometimes we feel like we spend more time with our work colleagues than our loved ones. And that might not be wrong. But are we lo...
The abortive advice, the careless comments and the crass questions

The abortive advice, the careless comments and the crass questions

I've heard it all. That's what I always think, anyway. And then someone always comes up with some new tidbit of conversation to floor me with. Whet...
Our 'Check In' cards

Our 'Check In' cards

We're in our first week of launching our 'check in' cards and I am beyond excited. This idea came about relatively quickly, but perfecting somethin...
Support Guide: Acknowledge & Validate

Support Guide: Acknowledge & Validate

The second, but arguably most important point of my Support Guide is to Acknowledge & Validate. When I did my survey earlier this year, I asked...
Featured Card: I Don't Know What You're Going Through

Featured Card: I Don't Know What You're Going Through

I can appreciate that if it's hard to know what to say to someone who is struggling, choosing a card can be just as fraught. In theory, it should b...
A part of my life

A part of my life

  In early June, 2016, Jared, my husband, made an attempt on his life. Since then, suicide has become a frequently discussed topic in our house. I ...