For the grownups who have to struggle with bills, work, and colleagues, it can be hard to remember what it was like to be a small child facing down a big problem.
For those kids who are going through tough times, R U OK have set up some benches for the students of Griffith Public School to sit on when they’re feeling down.
The benches were funded by money raised at the previous R U OK community breakfast, and there will be one pair for the primary classes and one for the Kindergarten to Year 2 classes.
If kids see someone sitting on an R U OK bench they are encouraged to sit with them to lend a sympathetic ear and a bit of human compassion.
Having a caring friend and a strong support network is crucial for tackling mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
For that reason the benches will remain at the school as a constant reminder to look out for one another and to show some kindness to those who need it the most.
It’s a life skill that’s just as important as anything on the standardised school curriculum, according to R U OK Griffith community ambassador Karen Snaidero.
“We need to be teaching kids from a young age to be kind and to help each other out,” Ms Snaidero said.
“We’re a little more aware and conscious of young kids’ mental health these days, which is a great thing.”
On the flip side, the benches will also serve as a constant reminder to those going through a rough patch that they can and should count on the support and kindness of others.
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