A Chat Lap is going for a drive with a mate, and having a chat. It’s as simple as that.
Blokes often prefer to talk side-by-side, rather than face-to-face, which makes a car trip the perfect time for an open and honest conversation, without it being weird.
A conversation can make the difference in helping someone feel less alone and more supported, no matter where you have it. As a mate, don’t underestimate the power of just ‘being there’.
Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you.
Catch up regularly, check in and make time.
Have open conversations You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving. Reaching out is crucial.
Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it.
By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up.
Conversations need to happen every day. Encourage more people to ask R U OK?