Let’s face it, life’s ups and downs can be more difficult for some than others. That’s why R U OK?Day is a great reminder of how we can help the people around us who may be struggling. But you don’t need to be an expert to sense that something just isn’t right with a work colleague or friend.
Be a good listener
R U OK?'s vision is creating a world of awareness - where we're all connected and are protected from suicide, just by looking out for each other. Depression through mental illness or life circumstances can creep up from behind and build up when we least expect it. Before you know it, the feelings can seem so overwhelming, those who are contemplating the worst can feel isolated and extremely vulnerable.
Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone, just by striking up a conversation, being a good friend and a great listener.
Trust the signs
And it’s not for one day of the year either. R U OK? Want to encourage Australian’s to have conversations with their friends and familyany day of the year. Have you noticed any changed behaviours? Having a cuppa with someone you sense may need a chat can potentially make a difference. So let’s all trust the signs, trust your gut & ask R U OK?
Why is making a connection important?
- Boost someone’s confidence with a meaningful connection
- Strengthen their sense of belonging, knowing people are there for us
- Make them feel relevant and part of this world.
Use these four steps to start an R U OK? conversation:
1. Ask R U OK?
3. Encourage action
4. Check in