It doesn’t take much to ask: “Are you okay?” But this simple question has the power to start conversations that could make a real difference to someone who is having a tough time. R U OK Day, held this year on 10 September, is a reminder to take a moment to check in with your friends, family, colleagues and peers and to listen to them in an open, non-judgmental way.
By encouraging meaningful conversations about mental health and wellbeing, R U OK? strives to create better connections among peers, helping to improve support networks for those who are struggling, and ultimately prevent suicide.
How to ask R U OK?
Often we don’t ask because we’re not sure how. These conversations can sometimes be difficult, so it’s important to think about how you approach them. The R U OK website provides detailed resources to guide you through the process, along with lots of great ideas for creating conversations at school and in the workplace.
For more information, resources and tips visit ruokday.org.au