R U OK?
R U OK? Day, hosted on 10 September, is a national day of action. The day is about reminding Australians to ask people in their network “Are you OK?”. By asking a question as simple as this, you can make a positive difference in someone’s life.
R U OK is an Australian not-for-profit suicide prevention organisation. Founded in 2009, the organisation advocates for people to have conversations and check up on those in their network. A day dedicated to asking people if they are ok is important in raising awareness and encouraging public discussion of social isolation. It shows that a simple conversation could change, or save a life.
2020 has been a very challenging year for everyone, and many people are facing ups and downs because of it. The circumstance surrounding this year has made it even more important to check in with people in your network and stay connected. A simple conversation could make a positive difference in someone’s life, especially if they are struggling to find the strength to tell someone they are not ok.
The theme of R U OK? Day this year is ‘There’s more to say after R U OK?’. The theme aims to educate the public to take the time to listen, to encourage their peers to take action or seek support, and to check in regularly to see how they are doing. You don’t need to be an expert to help someone. By knowing what to respond if someone is not ok, or where to direct them, you could help them feel supported, or to access the help they need before they are in crisis.
By asking if children are ok, we are ensuring they are in a safe and nurturing environment where they can flourish. It also allows them to identify any problematic areas where change needs to happen so they can find support and happiness.
Sometimes kids just want to talk to other kids about kid things – and that’s ok! R U OK? has created a music video to encourage children to take the time to comfort their friends when they are feeling blue. The aim of the video is to show young people that they have a support network of friends who can help cheer them up and lighten their load! To watch the music
‘R U OK’ provides many supportive materials and resources to help carry a conversation, especially if someone responds that they are not ok. To learn more, visit: https://www.ruok.org.au