It’s been a challenging year for everyone, so Gold Coasters are being encouraged to reach out to family, friends and colleagues today and ask the simple question – “Are you ok?”
Today is R U OK? Day, and it is a reminder to connect, and in some cases reconnect, with those in our world who might be struggling.
1029 Hot Tomato breakfast host Christo said R U OK? Day is exceptionally important.
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“It might actually uncover somebody who is not ok and needs someone to reach out to them, so I think it is fantastic,” he told myGC.
The radio announcer said becoming a father in his early 30s brought with it a new form of stress, leading to a depression diagnosis.
“I found the pressure of working and trying to be a father and a good husband all became too much,” he said.
“At that point I went to a doctor, and it just so happened that this doctor was on the board of the Black Dog Institute, and [they] went this is what you need and this is how we are going to sort you out.”
Christo encouraged anyone who may be suffering to seek help.
“Go and see a doctor – it’s the easiest thing. You can actually get ten psychologists appointments for free with your medicare every year, so you can go and sit down and talk it through and they can help you,” he said.
R U OK? CEO, Katherine Newton said R U OK?Day is a day to think about someone other than yourself and, if you are well and able, be willing to support those around you who might be struggling.
“But we also acknowledge that sometimes you might feel a little uncomfortable or awkward if someone says they’re not okay,” she said.
“That’s an understandable reaction and it’s why this year we’re reminding Australians there’s more to say after R U OK? and encouraging them to learn what to say next,” said Ms Newton.
“It’s important we know how to keep the conversation going because a conversation really can change a life.”
For more information on R U OK? Day, and to learn what to say next, visit: ruok.org.au/
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14 | visit website
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 | visit website
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 | visit website
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 | visit website