R U OK Day

Thursday, 3 September 2020

R U OK day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask “are you ok?”. The day also reminds not just today but every day of the year, to support those who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs.

Across Australia and the world, people are facing an unprecedented situation with the management of COVID-19, in addition to the Australia Bushfires, floods and droughts. Although we can’t be together, it’s still important, now more than ever, to check in with your family, friends, or colleagues and ask “are you ok?”

Remember to trust the signs. Be aware of any changes in online behaviours or the way people communicate:

  • Consider the tone and language they are using
  • Are they posting more or less?
  • Are they answering your calls?
  • Are they communicating as you would expect?

If you are concerned about someone, trust your gut and ask, “are you ok?” Listen with an open mind to what they have to say and ask them what you can do to help.

In the words of R U OK? Founder Gavin Larkin, “Getting connected and staying connected is the best thing any of us can do both for ourselves and anybody who may be at risk. That said, it’s not just about those at risk, we want everybody in Australia right across the spectrum of society to reach out to the people in their lives that they care about and essentially let them know what they do care by asking “R U OK”

For more information on the signs of someone who is struggling and how to open a conversation with them, visit the R U OK website here.

 

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