We are living in uncertain times, and it is important to do a welfare check on our loved ones and acquaintances. Checking in on someone can be a simple way of showing that you care. A welfare check simply means reaching out to a person to see how they are doing, both mentally and physically.
It can be hard to know what the right thing to say or do is, so here are some tips on conducting a welfare check:
1. Reach out via your preferred method – Make sure you’re contacting them in the way they prefer (phone call, text message, email, etc.).
2. Check-in on how they’re feeling – Don’t make assumptions about how the person might be doing. Ask how they are feeling and provide an opportunity for them to talk about whatever is on their mind.
3. Offer assistance if needed – Be ready to offer assistance if necessary. If you don’t feel equipped to help them with something specific, suggest resources that might be able to provide further help such as community support networks or local mental health services.
4. Follow up – Remember that sometimes people just need a listening ear without needing any actionable steps taken afterwards. But if you believe more should be done after the initial contact then follow up and see if there has been any change in their situation or well-being since your last contact.
A welfare check doesn’t have to be complicated but it can make all the difference for someone who may not have access to other forms of social support during these times.
Let’s take care of each other and keep checking in!