R U OK? Day is an Australian-wide, national campaign whose vision is a world where we are all connected and protected from suicide.
Its mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
We know that suicide prevention is a complex and sensitive challenge the world over. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions - “Are you OK?”
The message for R U OK? Day 2020 is:
'THERE'S MORE TO SAY AFTER R U OK?'
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us.
What do we say when someone says they’re not OK? How do we continue a conversation that could change a person’s life.
You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK.
By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.
We can all make a difference in the lives of those who might be struggling by having regular, meaningful conversations about life's ups and downs.
If you feel like something’s not quite the same with someone you know – there’s something going on in their life or you notice a change in what they’re doing or saying - trust that gut instinct and take the time to ask them “Are you OK?”
By acting as ‘eyes and ears’ and reaching out to anyone who's going through a tough time we can show them they’re supported and encourage them to access help sooner.
There are places you can go if you or someone you know isn’t OK:
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 kidshelpline.com.au
Lifeline (24/7) 13 11 14 lifeline.org.au
Suicide Call Back Service (24/7) 1300 659 467 suicidecallbackservice.org.au
beyondblue (24/7) 1300 224 636
SANE Australia 1800 18 SANE (7263) sane.org
Mensline (24/7) 1300 78 99 78 mensline.org.au
More contacts: ruok.org.au/findhelp