R U OK? A conversation could change a life

RUOK

Make every day R U Ok? Day

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.