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"R U Ok" Day - 14th September 2017

R U OK? Day (14th September 2017) is a national day of action dedicated to reminding ourselves to ask family, friends and colleagues, everyone that we’ve all got to ask, “Are you ok?” And to support those struggling with life.
It is estimated in a 12 month period that 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt with an average of 2,320 people committing suicide every year. In fact, around 45 per cent of Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, while 20 per cent of us are affected every year.
Got a feeling that someone you know or care about it, isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves! Trust that gut instinct and act on it. Start a conversation using these 4 steps;

  1. ASK “R U OK?” - Help them open up by asking questions like "How are you going?" or "What’s been happening?" 
  2. LISTEN WITHOUT JUDGEMENT - Don’t judge their experiences or reactions but acknowledge that things seem tough for them.
  3. ENCOURAGE ACTION - Ask: “What’s something you can do for yourself right now? Something that’s enjoyable or relaxing?” or “How can I support you?”
  4. CHECK IN - Ask if they've found a better way to manage the situation. If they haven't done anything, don't judge them. They might just need someone to listen to them for the moment.

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.
We encourage you to take the time out of your day, today or any other day to ask those around you such a simple question, “R U OK?”
Lifeline – Crisis Support & Suicide Prevention – Ph 131 114