- September 9, 2020
- Posted by: cfchadmin
- Categories: Mental health, Psychosocial risks, Resilience and wellbeing, Suicide prevention
This year, R U OK? Day is on Thursday 10 September 2020. This is a national day of action, where all Australians are reminded to ask “Are you OK?” to their friends, family, colleagues or anyone they know, who may be struggling with the ups and downs of life. With the challenges faced during 2020, now is more important than ever to stay connected with, and support those around us by making every day “R U OK? Day”.
This year’s R U OK? Day message is “There’s more to say after R U OK?”. Don’t feel like you need to be an expert to keep the conversation going if someone tells you they are not travelling so well. By educating yourself on what to say if someone says they are not ok, you can help someone feel listened to and access the support they need before they are in crisis.
How do I have an R U OK? Conversation?
If you feel as if you need to check in with someone who may not be travelling so well, there is a 4-step Conversation Model, which you can follow.
- Ask R U OK?
- Listen without Judgement
- Encourage Action
- Check In
What if they are not okay?
If someone tells you that they are not ok, or you suspect something deeper is going on, encourage them to open up by asking questions such as:
- “What’s been happening?”
- “Have you been feeling this way for a while?”
- “I’m ready to listen if you want to talk.”
- “What you’re going through isn’t easy, I’m glad we can talk about it.”
Often the best support you can give, is being there to listen and allowing them to express what is troubling them. This simple conversation can show a person that they are valued. You don’t need to have all the answers, but it is helpful to know what resources are available to you can encourage action.
So remember, make every day R U OK? Day. If you have someone in your life who you know has been struggling during 2020, reach out to them and ask “Are you OK?” and take the time to listen what has been going on for them.
Useful contacts and resources
For additional resources for how to have an R U OK? conversation, go to https://www.ruok.org.au/
If you would like more information on this topic, please contact us on 02 8243 1500 or email@example.com
If you are having thoughts of suicide, know you are not alone, reach out and get the support you need. If you are in crisis, call 000 immediately. If you need to speak to someone around suicidal thoughts, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.