R U OK? Day
R U OK? is a national suicide prevention charity dedicated to encouraging and empowering everyone to ask “Are you OK?” of anyone struggling with life.
R U OK's vision is for a world where we’re all connected and protected from suicide. R U OK? works alongside other mental health and suicide prevention organisations to ensure those who are struggling can find the care and support they need.
R U OK? Day
R U OK? Day is Thursday 14th September – a national reminder that we’ve all got what it takes to ask, “Are you OK?”.
We are supporting R U OK? Day by encouraging all our customers and local community members to reach out to those around them to ask ‘Are you OK?’.
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?”
By inspiring people to take the time to ask "Are you OK?" and listen, we can help people struggling with life feel connected long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “Are you OK?” is a great place to start.
More than 3,000 Australians suicide each year. That’s about 8 people every day. In a national survey, R U OK? posed the question: just how likely are we as a nation to feel confident enough to ask, “Are you OK?,” of anyone we’re worried about.
The good news is that 70 per cent of respondents said they felt comfortable asking the question. For the third of us who don’t feel comfortable, R U OK? has sought expert advice to develop a four step strategy to guide people through a conversation. Go to the R U OK? website to read the tips to guide you through the four steps – it might just save someone’s life.
Where can people find help?
Sometimes conversations are too big for friends and family and professional support is needed. This is where mental health and suicide prevention service providers can help.
Tips and numbers to call for extra support can be found on the R U OK website.
R U OK? is an Australian suicide prevention charity. Its mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and to support those struggling with life.
Find out more: www.ruok.org.au