There is no better time to contact your friends
As our lives return to a new kind of normalcy, there is still a cultural stigma around depression and anxiety. This is why it is so important that we keep the conversation going and socialize with our friends, family and coworkers, even during the good times.
It is an unfortunate fact that our companions are more likely to remain silent about their mental health issues. On average, one in eight men will suffer from depression and one in five men will suffer from anxiety at some point in their life. Our brothers need us, and staying connected is the scaffolding that holds everything together.
When we connect with others, we feel better. We just do, and we know it. While it doesn’t take much to stay in touch with friends, sometimes it can be the most difficult to start the conversation about mental health.
This is why Australia Post launched its ‘When we connect, we feel better’ stamps last year to give the community an easy way to stay in touch. It’s a great way to help partners open up to each other in private, at home, without judgment. the stamps are designed in pairs to help let someone know you are thinking of them. Use one to send a letter to check on a family member, friend, coworker, or someone in need and put another stamp with the letter so it’s a little easier to keep the conversation going – and correspondence – fluid.
Just as Australia Post has taken over to help its partner Beyond Blue deliver information to support mental health and well-being in our communities – from remote backcountry towns to coastal city dwellers – we must continue to mobilize and do our part to stay on top. spirit among our comrades.
While we do this, the ongoing partnership will continue to equip Australians have the information and resources to face the tough days.
By working together, we can lead a positive change in the way we keep the conversation going about mental health, and moving forward, make it a priority among our comrades.
Australia Post knows that when we go online, we feel better. Visit auspost.com.au/mentalhealth to learn more about their commitment to mental health.
Beyond Blue provides free information, advice and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. For more information, visit Beyondblue.org.au