Are they really OK? Ask them today. This is the message for the 2021 R U OK Day on Thursday 9 September.
Do you know how the people in your world are really going? Life’s ups and downs happen to all of us. Chances are someone you know might be struggling. Your genuine support can make a difference whatever they are facing, big or small.
R U OK? is a harm prevention charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives.
The charity’s work focuses on building the motivation, confidence and skills of the help-giver – the person who can have a meaningful conversation with someone who is struggling with life.
R U OK? contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building the capacity of informal support networks – friends, family and colleagues – to be alert to those around them, have a conversation if they identify signs of distress or difficulty and connect someone to appropriate support, long before they’re in crisis.
So, don’t wait until someone’s visibly distressed or in crisis. Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going.
Are they really OK? Ask them today. Your conversation could change a life.
For more information go to https://www.ruok.org.au/
Watch this video https://youtu.be/7lGuskjHfR0
If you or someone you know needs help contact:
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- beyondblue Support Service – 1300 224 365
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- MensLine – 1300 789 987
- Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
- Qlife – 1800 184 527
To access professional mental health support in Gippsland, speak to your local doctor.
You can also call HeadtoHelp on 1800 595 212 or visit www.headtohelp.org.au