Posts by Piyali Somaia

Piyali is working towards a more equitable and healthier world with global health initiatives through her work leading a Network of World Health Organisation Collaborating Centres in Australia. She is also supporting gender parity in the workplace through her involvement with Capital Human and the Women in Global Health movement. She is a dancer/choreographer and believes in the power of the arts to inspire social change in the world. She holds a Masters in Public Health, Bachelor of Commerce, and a Bachelor of Science.

What We Need to Do Before Asking “Are You OK?”

“Connection gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” ~Brené Brown

R U OK Day is a crucial campaign to address mental health problems in our community. Even prior to the pandemic, isolation, loneliness, and disconnection from each other meant that the simple act of asking “Are you OK?” needed to be prompted.

We may go days, weeks without seeing each other in person, instead relying on sporadic whatsapp messages, emojis, or comments on each other’s social media posts. We may spend all our time at our work places, but not make time to see our friends and family.

So, …