R U OK Day is on Thursday September 12th. This is a chance to remind ourselves to meaningfully connect people around us, and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life. You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.
You can start an R U OK conversation following these four steps:
1. Ask R U OK?
3. Encourage action
4. Check in
To learn more about how to ask and have R U OK conversations, and where to find help for someone, please visit the website at www.ruok.org.au
R U OK?’s vision is to create a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. Together we can all inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
You can make a difference to someone who’s struggling by having regular, meaningful conversations about life! If you feel like something’s up with someone you know or you notice a change in what they’re doing or saying – trust your gut instinct and take the time to ask them “Are you OK?”. You don’t have to be an expert to have a caring, meaningful conversation.
Follow R U OK?’s four conversation steps:
Ask R U OK?,
Listen with an open mind,
Learn the signs and how to ask R U OK? at ruok.org.au.
Sometimes conversations are too big for workmates, friends and family. At these times, it can help to call upon specific organisations:
Lifeline (24/7 )
13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service (24/7)
1300 659 467
Beyond Blue (24/7)
1300 224 636
1800 18 SANE (7263)
Remember, you can make a difference to someone’s life!