Message from the Chaplain

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Welcome back to Term 3… Wow, the time is moving quicker every day!

I thought I would begin this term with some encouragement in the area of caring for each other.

Here we go…

Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don't need to be an expert - just a great mate and a good listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling, start a conversation.

Quick tip: Persist, persist, persist!

Sometimes we need to ask the question more than once before someone is ready to open up. If they say "I'm fine" and your gut says they are not, gently ask them again: "It's just I've noticed you seem a bit tired lately. I'm always here to listen if you want to talk".

Whether you are crafting a conversation opener or typing a text message to someone you are worried about, make sure the tone is positive, encouraging and supportive. 

And remember, listening is one of the greatest things anyone can do when times are tough. So don't put all your energy in to crafting the 'perfect' response. Instead, focus on helping them open up with questions like, "how are you feeling about that?" or "how’s that affecting you?"

I hope these tips encourage and give you some support in helping friends when you sense there is a need.

Again, please feel free to come and have a chat to me if you need someone to listen to your situation and be there for you.

Gary Crole

Chaplain - Bellarine Campus Drysdale


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