R U OK?
by Les Mills Asia Pacific
With all that's been going on in the world, mental health is more important than ever. Of course, our physical and mental health are intertwined – so staying fit and active is one of the easiest ways to maintain emotional and cognitive resilience. For this reason alone, Instructors and Club Partners can play a key role in helping communities stay mentally strong – and in some instances, even save a life; Les Mills Presenter Dee Rowell can attest to that.
Unfortunately, struggles with mental health are non-discriminatory; they can impact anyone, anytime. The key to helping those around you starts with a conversation. You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener. The four steps to having a conversation that could change a life are:
- Ask R U OK?
- Encourage action
- Check in.
Read more about how clubs can help members tackle mental health issues:
For Instructors during challenging times:
If you need crisis support please reach out to Lifeline on 13 11 14 or if your life is in danger call 000 (in Australia).