Next time you ask ‘How are You?’…
Really listen to the reply.
Take a moment to look at the person.
Make eye contact and
glimpse the reality of their situation.
Look past the ‘I’m fine.’
Find the clues in their facial expression;
their body language too.
Pause for a moment.
Consider the bigger picture
not just the response parroted.
Maybe they are fine
but maybe they’re not.
All too often in our busy lives, we ask how people are without really taking on board, or really waiting for, their response. Today is World Mental Health Day and at school we are encouraging our students to engage with the Time To Change campaign to ‘Be in Your Mate’s Corner.’
The Mental Health Foundation also runs the ‘I’m fine’ campaign – a powerful wake-up call to all of us to look beyond the automatic response many people give when asked the question ‘How are you?’.
So today and in the future let’s all try to ‘be in our mate’s corner’ a bit more. After all this is an important message for young and old alike.
Love and best wishes (and hoping you really are all fine).