This year has presented significant challenges for parts of the Australia community, including the veteran community. It has been a year of natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic and the release of the IGADF Report. However, it has also been a year of maintaining mental health and wellbeing across the community; and people are recognising of the power of connection. Connection with others is a powerful tool in the prevention of suicide, especially when supported with the knowledge of how to check in on family members and peers.
‘Check5’ is simple: commit on social media to check in with five mates and challenge them to check in with five mates. Connect with them, yarn with them and motivate them to act.
There are a range of ways for us to connect with each other, take time to:
Write: This could be a text or an email to a mate.
Call: We all like to hear a friend’s voice or see their face. After this year in particular there are a range of methods to do so that we have become experts in, such as FaceTime, Zoom and Skype.
Visit: Sometimes it is easier to connect through activity. Consider a BBQ or a walk – something that gets you moving and can create a good opportunity to reach out to someone in a casual and comfortable situation. Where relevant, you should consider any current restrictions put in place by Australia's federal, state and territory governments to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Please visit the Open Arms website for more information.
Please reach out to the following organisations if you or someone you know is in need of mental health support.