Talk to a mate

Discover ways to support and assist customers, family, friends and other members of your community that need a mate.

Does it feel like something is up with a mate?

It's often hard to talk to someone that you recognise is not themselves, whether withdrawn, angry or drinking a lot.
By helping you to know how to talk to then, we’re not just helping you and a mate, but helping strengthen your community.

How to talk to a mate

Lean on a Gate has resources for the professionals, family and co-workers that work in positions that are often turned to for talking to a mate about mental distress.

Learn how to talk to a mate

By attending one of our seminars like Agri Connect, you’ll learn skills for how to recognise and talk to someone who is in mental distress.

Find local support

Find experienced mental distress professionals who are ready to provide guidance, support, and personalised advice in your area.

Connect your mate with us

If you identify someone who needs to start their journey, please use the link below or if it's urgent text 1737

the first step in strengthening your rural community

Learn about our Agri Connect seminars for all farm services, stock agents, agronomists any other rural service industry professionals.

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Talk to a mate FAQs

Find answers to common questions about helping someone you think is going through a tough time.

How do I know if my mate needs to talk?

Nine times out of ten your gut will tell you. You'll see changes in behaviour. They may be angry in general, or withdrawn. If in doubt, just talk!

How should I approach my mate when I think something's wrong?

Always act with empathy and understanding. Talk with them, not at them. For example use empathetic sentence starters like "the last time I was acting like this I had ....going on. What's worrying you?"

How can I find the right help for them?

There are services locally that you can connect with. The Rural Support Trust has support in most regions of New Zealand. You can also connect with your local GP. Bring your mate with you to talk to them, but take notes of your conversation when you're there for later when your mate is ready to talk.

What if they refuse help?

If you're concerned enough about your mate to reach out in the first place then reach out again or talk to another mate and or family member and ask them to reach out as well. Get them to be empathetic in their approach and say they think they need a talk.

How can I support someone if I don't know them well?

Sometimes it's better to talk to someone you don't know well. They're less likely to be dismissive but also may find it easier to talk to someone who is removed and not directly affected by the mate's behaviour.

How do I suggest a mate get professional help?

Start the conversation with empathy. Use the CHUR approach:
Connect with them:
Hear them out:
Reassure and then refer them to someone to help.

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