September 09, 2021 2 min read
Are you ok? Are you really ok?
Today is R U OK? Day – and a reminder that any day of the year is the day to ask “Are you OK?” and support those who might be struggling.
This year the message is: Are they really OK? Ask them today. Talk about it. Let it out.
Do you really know how your friends and people around you are really going? As you know life hasn't been easy and is full of ups and downs - the pandemic happen to all of us and chances that someone you know might be struggling is real. Your genuine support can make a huge difference whatever they are facing. Don't wait until someone's visible distressed or in crisis. Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they're really going.
Are they really OK? Ask them today. Starting a conversation could change a life.
The simple thing is, you don't need to be an expert to reach out - just a good listener.
National suicide prevention charity R U OK? has developed simple tips for asking R U OK? and having a conversation that could change a life:
✨ Ask R U OK?
✨ Listen with an open mind
✨ Encourage action
✨ Check in
R U OK Day 2021 Conversation Guide provides tips to help you talk to them about how they're really going.
Useful contacts for someone who’s not OK
Beyond Blue offers short-term counselling and referrals by phone and WebChat on 1300 224 636.
Lifeline Australia is a 24 hour crises support and suicide prevention service offering support by phone and WebChat on 13 11 14.
Suicide Call Back Service offers 24/7 free counselling and support for people at risk of suicide, carers and bereaved on 1300 659 467.
MensLine Australia offers 24/7 telephone and online support for men with emotional health and relationship concerns on 1300 78 99 78.
More contacts ruok.org.au/findhelp
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