We’re all very good at telling people to ask for help when they’re struggling, but today we’re asking you to think about what you’re telling those same people when you’re talking about Mr Ross. Everyone who is experiencing a mental health problem deserves compassion, support and privacy.
The damage done by thoughtless words and conversations can be hard to see. It builds up over time. Someone might laugh today but remember your words years later when they’re struggling. They might feel ashamed and be less likely to reach out for help.
We have heard from people who have had to turn away from social media and avoid the news because they have found these discussions so upsetting. We hope you’ll keep them in mind in the coming days and weeks. If you’re having a hard time at the moment, kia kaha. If you ever need to talk, you can free call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor, any time.