R U OK? A conversation could change a life


Join in R U Ok?Day

Mental health strategies such as R U OK?Day are essential and encourages meaningful conversation that could change a life.

R U OK?Day, Thursday 13 September 2018, will be a national day of action dedicated to encouraging everyone to connect with the people they care about and giving them the skills to have a conversation with someone they’re worried about any day of the year.

Taking part can be as simple as asking your friends, family and colleagues, “are you ok?”

Here are some useful tips about how to start a conversation

  • watch this short video clip
  • take the lead and ask: “are you OK?” Put the invitation out there, let the person know you’ve got time to talk. Often just spending time with a person lets them know you care.
  • use ice breakers. Use open-ended questions which require more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.
  • practise your listening skills. Listen to what a person is saying, be open-minded, non-judgemental and patient. Let the person take their time.
  • be encouraging. Make suggestions that encourage physical health, self-care and professional help if required.
  • be helpful. It is unhelpful to tell people to just “snap out of it”, say they simply need to keep busy, suggest alcohol or drugs, or assume the problem will just go away.

What else can you do to get involved?

As well as simply asking the question " are u OK?", there are many ways to get involved with the R U OK? Day on Thursday 13 September 2018, and help to raise awareness.

Some event and awareness ideas include:

  • hositng a morning tea. Perhaps use some of the resources in the top right hand corner?
  • invite a mental health professional to speak to your workgroup
  • allocate time to call a friend and ask the question "are you OK?"
  • register for healthy minds training. A range of courses are available throughout the year.