If you spend any time on here, you’ll see plenty of references to One Good Adult.
One Good Adult
One Good Adult (OGA) refers to an adult who a young person can turn to if they are in need of support. The theme of One Good Adult emerged from the My World Survey , a national study of youth mental health. OGAs support young people in their life by listening to them, giving them time and space to open up and not judging them.
How to R.A.L.L.Y.
Jigsaw developed the R.A.L.L.Y. approach as a way One Good Adults can support young people’s mental health.
Through a consultation process in Jigsaw, a number of young people discussed the characteristics of One Good Adults that they found to be most helpful and supportive. As a result of this consultation, the R.A.L.L.Y. concept emerged. Young people discussed the value of their OGA:
- Recognising signs of mental health difficulties. Noticing when the young person is in need of support, for example, noticing changes in their behaviour.
- Acknowledging them and what they are dealing with. Acknowledging the situation the young person is in, and showing understanding towards them, rather than focusing on the problem.
- Listening to them. Simply listening to the young person without giving advice or judging them.
- Letting someone know. Knowing when to seek additional support to help the young person.
- Your response. Staying calm, being prepared to hear anything, acknowledging the problem and focusing on strengths were all noted as being vital elements of OGA’s response to hearing a young person’s problems.