What is R U OK? Day
Thursday 12 September is R U OK? Day, a national day of action that encourages you to check in on the mental health of those around you. Asking ‘Are you okay?’ is part of a nation-wide suicide awareness and prevention campaign.
The aim of R U OK? Day is to promote meaningful connection, reduce isolation, and give people an opportunity to have difficult conversations. This campaign is helping Australians learn the skills they need to support those around them. You might be surprised to know that everyone can help in some way – not just highly trained experts. The people around us can often be a massive support.
The following video has some more information about R U OK? Day
Tips for R U OK? Day
- Ask your friends, family, and colleagues if they’re OK. The video above introduces the four steps R U OK? encourages everyone to take. It’s also important to be prepared in case the answer is ‘no’ - R U OK’s ‘Find help’ page is full of links to expert assistance. The Conversation also has a great guide to these sometimes difficult conversations.
- The government’s Head to Health website offers high-quality digital resources, and can act as a great starting point for any research you might want to do. For further reading, visit your local library and have a talk with a librarian - they can help you locate more resources on mental health, self-help and suicide prevention.
- The library is a good place to go to connect with community – including events and workshops that offer a particularly safe and friendly opportunity to check in with others and yourself. The library is also a good, relaxed and quiet place to share a space with other people.
If you need help now, you can contact Lifeline’s support line on 13 11 14.
According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” So rather than being about ‘what’s the problem?’ it’s really about ‘what’s going well?' - Beyond Blue