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Why empathy matters

We tend to think of empathy as ‘walking in another person’s shoes’ to understand their feelings and experiences. Being able to consider the needs and motivations of other people is largely a learned behaviour. It is an invaluable life skill that can be strengthened with regular practise.

A key aspect of empathy is the willingness to approach people and situations with an open mind. Making an effort to listen to and respect people who look, think or behave differently to us can bring fresh new perspectives and unexpected points of connection that enrich our lives.

 

Resource highlights

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Resilient Youth Australia
Staying hopeful can be particularly challenging amidst the intense physical, emotional and social changes of adolescence. Resilient Youth Australia offers evidence-based workshops and parent resources centered on connection, protection and respect as the key to good mental and physical health. READ MORE…

 

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health
If you or someone you know needs mental health information in a language other than English, the extensive Embrace website offer an inclusive approach. It includes easy-to-follow information for community members and the people and organisations that support them, in more than 20 languages. READ MORE…

 

Iris Foundation is dedicated to early intervention as a means to preventing poor mental health and suicide. If you or someone you know needs urgent assistance, please contact one of the services listed below. (Click on the images to access more information.)

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