Thursday 9th September 2021 | R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to regularly ask each other ‘Are you OK?’
It’s a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.
On that day we want everyone across the country from all backgrounds and walks of life to ask family friends and colleagues: “Are you OK?“.
Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.
It’s so simple. In the time it takes to have a coffee you can start a conversation that could change a life.
A CONVERSATION CAN CHANGE A LIFE
R U OK? inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.
You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.
Start a conversation with these four steps:
1. Ask R U OK?
3. Encourage action
4. Check in
HELP IN A CRISIS
The truth is some conversations just become too big for family and friends. If you’re worried about someone and feel urgent professional support is needed contact your local doctor or the agencies below.
Like you R U OK? is not equipped to offer crisis intervention or expert counselling and our website is no substitute for the professional care available from the following organisations:
13 11 14
Call 24/7 for crisis support
1300 659 467
People at risk of suicide carers and bereaved
1800 55 1800
Counselling for young people
1300 845 745
Counselling service for people suffering grief.