Are they really OK? Ask them today.
Do we know how the people in our world are really going? Sometimes it’s hard to tell.
Thursday 9 September is R U OK? Day – and a reminder we need to stay connected and make asking “are you OK?” part of our everyday. That way if someone we know is struggling with something big or small they’ll know we care.
When we genuinely ask, “are you OK?” and are prepared to talk to them about how they’re feeling and what’s going on in their life we can help someone who might be struggling feel connected and supported, long before they’re in crisis.
Don’t wait until someone’s visibly distressed; make a moment meaningful today and ask “are you OK?”.
Meaningful moments to talk about life’s ups and downs are more likely to happen when we’re spending quality time together.
Some good opportunities for talking include:
- On breaks from work or study.
- When exercising together.
- When connecting or doing activities together online.
- When you’re spending time together socially.
- When you’re doing an activity side-by-side.
- When you’re sharing a meal.
- When you’re travelling together, even a short trip can be a good time to talk.
To spread this message, we’ll be sharing information and resources that will help you make a moment meaningful by asking the people in your world how they’re really going. We’ll also be hosting an event and BBQ for our staff to get together and talk about mental health and wellness within our business.
Are they really OK? Ask them today. A conversation could change a life.
If you need immediate crisis or emotional support you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or R U OK? is a national charity dedicated to inspiring all of us to have regular, meaningful conversations to support anyone struggling with life’s ups and downs.
You can find conversation tips at ruok.org.au