But what the heck does Be Heard by your Herd even mean?
\ hərd \
Definition of herd
a : a friend or family member
b : a person or persons with whom you can talk openly
How can you be heard?
One of the most important things to remember when we are going through a tough time is that we are not alone. It may not feel like it sometimes, but there is always someone to talk to and always someone who cares.
Tip 1: Choose a person who you trust — a family member, a friend, a teacher, a GP, a coach. Choose a time when you know the person you are reaching out to doesn’t have to rush off and a place that is comfortable to chat.
Tip 2: Remember that the person you are opening up to cares about you. Be completely honest with how you are feeling. Don’t expect them to have all the answers.
Tip 3: Be kind to yourself! Reaching out and being vulnerable shows a huge strength of character. If you didn’t get the response you’d hoped for, reach out to someone else and keep trying until you get the support you need. Stay connected.
How can you help a mate feel heard?
If you notice someone having a rough time, let them know they can talk. It can start with a simple “you ok, mate?” Then, just listen.
Sometimes, you may feel more comfortable to talk about these things through message, so starting off with a DM can get the ball rolling. You won’t have all the answers, but you can be there for your mate.
Don’t feel comfortable chatting to your herd yet?
We totally understand that not everyone will feel comfortable talking to someone they know about things they are going through, but there’s always someone to talk to. You can choose the option of reaching out that you are most comfortable with, below are phone, text, and online options!
lifeline phone (24/7) – 13 11 14
lifeline text (6pm-midnight) – 0477 13 11 14
eheadspace online support – https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/
What’s it like to Be Heard?
It takes courage to speak up and #beheard, we asked our speakers for some tips because they are absolute LEGENDS and think their experience might be able to help you!