Each year, R U OK Day rolls around so quickly – surprising us here at NCCD! It typically results in a last minute scramble to make sure we are involved in sharing the important message of the initiative. This year, we want to provide you with the tools you need to feel confident checking in with someone who might just be doing it tough at the moment.
While R U OK Day becomes more prominent in the community each year, you might want to know more about its origins and what the initiative is all about. You can learn more here in this short video.
This year the message is about just opening up the conversation with someone who you think might be struggling, and remembering the “no qualifications needed” theme – you don’t need to be a mental health expert; you don’t to provide need answers – the important step is to simply ask the question before listening, encouraging action and finally checking in:
You can start up a conversation by asking “are you okay?” of course, but some other conversation starters could be:
- “how are you going?”
- “how have you been?
- “I’ve noticed something might be going on with you?”
Once you’ve asked, let the person talk to you while you patiently allow them the space.
Encourage the person to take action like calling a helpline, seeing a psychologist or connecting with their GP.
Lastly, check in with the person once they’ve had time to process and take some action.
There’s more info here on the RU OK website. We encourage you to ask the question – it can save a life.
If this topic has raised feelings which are distressing for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.