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A student doctor has revealed the key things you can do to help someone who is struggling feel loved – and why it is especially important to keep an eye on your work mates.

Zachery Dereniowski, 27, is a Canadian motivational speaker and medical student at the University of Sydney; he specialises in mental health and has become well know for his TikTok videos on the subject. 

In a recent Instagram post he discussed how to make suicidal loved friends and colleagues feel loved, so they can see a brighter future.

Zachery Dereniowski, 27, is a Canadian motivational speaker and medical student at the University of Sydney; he specialises in mental health and has become well know for his TikTok videos on the subject

Zachery Dereniowski, 27, is a Canadian motivational speaker and medical student at the University of Sydney; he specialises in mental health and has become well know for his TikTok videos on the subject

‘Listen empathetically. It is so important for someone who’s suicidal to feel heard.’

He said when people feel others are listening to them they feel less alone and are more likely to see hope in their future.

He said helping with a daily task, reminding them how much you love them, being present and empowering them are all helpful. 

He told Daily Mail Australia people in the construction industry are 80 percent more likely to take their own lives than in the rest of the workforce.

In a recent Instagram post he discussed how to make suicidal loved ones feel loved

In a recent Instagram post he discussed how to make suicidal loved ones feel loved

What is Zachery Dereniowski’s mental health fundraiser?

The YMM fundraising event has been organised by Zachery Dereniowski and his partner Fabio Tischler. 

The even will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 8am until 2pm at Ella & Beau, a cafe on Ross Street in Forest Lodge, near Glebe. 

One dollar from each drink sold will be donated to help construction workers struggling with mental health.

People can also donate on Go Fund Me

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‘Every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives; this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide,’ he said.

‘Construction works are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work.’

He said listening to colleagues is important because we spend more awake time with workmates than anyone else. 

He is currently raising awareness and funds to support construction workers with depression.

'Every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives; this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide,' he said

‘Every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives; this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide,’ he said

He has partnered with ‘Ella & Beau’ a coffee shop in his home suburb of Forest Lodge, in Sydney’s inner-west, for an event on Saturday February 6.

One dollar from every drink sold between 8am and 2pm will go towards the YMM (You Matter Most) Day fundraiser for mates in construction.

What are five things you can do to help people who are struggling? 

Some sectors are impacted with mental health more than others – trades workers in Australia have suicide rates 80percent higher than the general working populations.

Zachery Dereniowski’s top tips to help someone struggling with suicidal thoughts are as follows.

 1 – LISTEN – To your friends, and especially to your coworkers. We spend more ‘waking time’ with our coworkers than anyone else.

2 – REACH OUT – If you notiice someone is quieter than usual, isolated at lunchtime, moody or distant then ask them how they are. 

 3 – SHARE – Share your own struggles with mental health – this can help people feel like they are not alone.

4 –  HELP – Help them with a daily tasks – whether it is making the bed or doing the laundry or groceries. This will help them feel less overwhelmed with everything in their lives.

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He said listening to colleagues is important because we spend more awake time with workmates than anyone else

He said listening to colleagues is important because we spend more awake time with workmates than anyone else

People can also donate via his Go Fund Me for the cause.

He said sharing your own experience with mental health to a loved one can also be helpful.    

‘An extremely effective way of opening up communication is to share your stories of vulnerability and what you are going through. Provide people proof they are not alone and remind them that,’ he said.

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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