I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that I have become a Community Ambassador for R U OK? I’m really excited and so grateful to be part of such a wonderful organisation and I can’t wait for R U OK? Day which is on the second Thursday of every September (in 2016, September 8). It’s a national day of action to remind all Australians of the importance of asking our mates, colleagues and family “are you ok?” I hope to play a part in inspiring and empowering people to notice, reach out and meaningfully support anyone struggling with life.
R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Gavin Larkin in 2009, whose vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. Accordingly, their mission is to encourage and equip everyone to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?”. By inspiring people to take the time to ask “are you ok?” and listen, we can help people struggling with life feel connected long before they even think about suicide.
It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “are you ok?” is a great place to start. As well as helping you start these conversations, R U OK? is working with experts in the field to monitor how these conversations impact on Australia’s suicide rate.
If your gut says something’s not quite right with someone, chances are that they might need a bit of extra support from the people around them. They might be acting a bit differently, seem to have a lot on their plate, or simply aren’t themselves. Don’t ignore those signs but instead take some time to start a conversation. One of the great things about asking “are you ok?” is you don’t have to know the answers to a mate’s problems. Nor do you have to be ok yourself. Or feel particularly strong. As long as you feel up to listening, not judging and just talking through stuff you have found useful in the past, you’ve everything it takes to have a meaningful conversation to support a mate in need.
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Find out more: ruok.org.au
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