R U OK? @ruokday

Life can be overwhelming. Sometimes it can feel like you’re quietly drowning in plain sight, struggling to stay afloat while the world moves on around you. This is especially true for those who have experienced tragedy or hardship, like the communities along the South Coast. As nurses, we have the privilege of hearing the stories of those we care for and sometimes, the resources, forum and time to contribute to their betterment.

As healthcare professionals, we are fortunate to be in a position where we can recognize discomfort and work to overcome it. Whether we’re seeing patients in the emergency department, helping to put in place services that make life less challenging in the GP clinic, or easing your stay in the hospital by interpreting medical terminology into plain English, we’re always working to make a positive difference.

But sometimes, the most important thing we can do is simply listen. As nurses, we’re here to care for our patients on a personal and professional level, and that means always being willing to lend an ear. Whether it’s spending an extra five minutes to hear your story on the street, or asking the hard questions to help you navigate difficult situations, we’re here for you.

If you’re struggling, remember that you’re not alone. There is always someone who will care and there is always someone who will listen. And once that door is opened for the first time, it will always be figuratively open. Don’t hesitate to reach out and take the first step towards a brighter future.

If u r not ok, once the door opens for the first time, it will always be figuratively open.