A conversation could change a life.
According to ruok.org.au, “8 people take their lives everyday in Australia.”
This is a harrowing statistic, and has inspired us to find ways that we might positively contribute to this issue.
R U OK? is a harm prevention charity that is all about encouraging people to connect through conversations, helping others through the difficult times in their lives.
Their work focuses on assisting the help-giver to grow their motivation, confidence and skills, in order for them to have meaningful conversations with people in their lives who might be struggling.
R U OK?’s amazing work contributes to suicide prevention, by encouraging people to invest more time in their personal relationships. Informal support networks - friends, family and colleagues - then have the capacity to be alert to those around them. If a help-giver identifies signs of distress or difficulty in a person they know, they can have a conversation and/or connect this person to appropriate support, long before they’re in crisis.
With a mission of inspiring and empowering people to meaningfully connect with those in their world, and lend support when they are struggling with life, it's easy to see the positive impact R U OK? is having.
In line with this vision, and R U OK? Day, EEFM have connected with Neami National - an organisation working to improve mental health and wellbeing in local communities. Neami’s recently opened Urgent Mental Health Care Centre (UMHCC), located on Grenfell St in the CBD, provides high-engagement support in a calm, “lounge room like” space to help with a person’s urgent mental health needs.
After chatting with some of the inspiring staff at Neami National, it became evident that their space could use a touch of EEFM style to create an even more welcoming, calming and GREEN space for their guests. Studies have shown, and our staff have certainly experienced the fact, that being close to and interacting with indoor plants can reduce psychological and physiological stress. Thus, we have arranged to donate some carefully curated plants, to assist in greening up the wonderful UMHCC.
This will be happening later in the month, and we’ll be sure to keep you all posted with how it goes!
Further to this, EEFM will also have a team of incredible staff members running/walking/crawling the City-Bay event, which is set to be held in November. The EEFM Team will be raising funds to further our efforts in greening up Neami’s Urgent Mental Health Care Centre. If you would like to contribute to our efforts, head to our Go Fund Me page.