R U OK?
Did you know that one conversation could change someone’s life?
Today, Sep. 12th, is an important day for suicide prevention. It is R U OK? Day.
R U OK? is an Australian non-profit suicide prevention organisation with a vision for a world where we're all connected and protected from suicide.
It’s a big vision.
And big things begin with tiny steps.
Like starting a conversation:
In the workplace or
At school or
In your community.
How to help:
1. Ask “R U OK?:
If they don’t want to talk, that’s okay, don’t criticise them. You could say: “Please call me if you ever want to chat”
2. Listen without judgement:
Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt or rush the conversation
3. Encourage action:
You could ask: “How would you like me to support you?" - Some conversations are too big for family and friends to take on alone. If someone’s been really low for more than 2 weeks - or is at risk - please contact a professional as soon as you can.
4. Check in:
Pop a reminder in your diary to call them in a couple of weeks. If they're really struggling, follow up with them sooner. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.
R U OK? have many great resources to get involved.
You can support this amazing cause at https://www.ruok.org.au