R U OK? Day is a national day of action where everyone in Australia is reminded to ask “Are you OK?" to someone they think might be struggling with life’s ups and downs.
RU OK? is a national suicide prevention charity who created this special care day. This year the organisation has a few messages that we’d like to share with you.
Its important to remember that feeling overwhelmed and anxious is a normal response to changes brought about by the pandemic but there are things we can take to help ourselves and others through these uncertain times.
Staying connected to others is really important at this time. It helps remind us that we are not alone and that we have support.
If you’re feeling well and able to support someone who you think might be struggling - perhaps you’ve noticed a change in what they’re doing or saying – find a moment to ask them “Are you OK?”
That question and giving time to someone has the power to change their life for the better.
Here are four steps to be there for your friends: ask the question, then listen, encourage action and check-in.
R U OK provides free resources including a Guide to Supporting R U OK? Day to help you say “Are you OK?” and ideas for what to say and do afterwards. The guide will help break down any concerns you might have when starting a meaningful conversation with a friend or colleague who might be doing it tough.
And don’t forget, the StudyAdelaide website has a list of organisations where you or your friends can go for help with your mental wellbeing.View all News