R U OK? Day – 12 September 2019
12 September 2019 is R U OK? Day. The R U OK? vision is a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide. Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don't need to be an expert – just a good friend and a great listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling, start a conversation.
Conversations need to happen every day. Encourage more people to ask “R U OK?” in your school, workplace or community.
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?”
It's this lack of connection (or lack of belonging) that we want to prevent. 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.
If you would like to find out more information about the R U OK? organisation, please visit www.ruok.org.au.