R U OK?
That’s the question we’re being encouraged to ask our friends, family, colleagues and even strangers today.
September 14 is R U OK? day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about suicide prevention, because sometimes all it takes is one simple question to change someone’s life.
“We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge the world over. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions – “Are you ok?” the charity says.
“Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.”
Aussies are being urged to learn the four conversation steps (1. Ask, 2. Listen, 3. Encourage Action, 4. Check in) so that they know how to respond when someone says, “No, I’m not ok.”
“By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up”.
“If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.”
— R U OK? (@ruokday) September 13, 2017
For more information on R U OK? day and for tips on how to ask those in your life the all-important question, click here.