Thursday 8 September 2022

Founded in 2009, R U OK? Day is a harm prevention charity that encourages us to take action and connect with friends, family, and colleagues we suspect may be struggling with their mental health.

R U OK? Day’s research found that four in ten Australians believe asking ‘Are You Okay?” is a conversation for a mental health expert. That is why, this year, R U OK? Day’s theme is No Qualifications Needed, to remind Australians they already have what it takes to support their friends, family, and colleagues.

Before starting, ensure you are in a good headspace to engage in the conversation, and that you have time available. It’s also important to remember that when you ask how someone is going, the answer may be that they are not okay.

Step 1: Ask R U OK?

Step 2: Listen

Step 3: Encourage Action

Step 4: Check-in

This R U OK? Day, reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and check in with how they are. You never know the difference it can make.

Remember you don’t need to be an expert to ask some if they are okay. Listening and giving someone your time might be just what they need to help them through. Whilst the work of health professionals is valuable in assisting those people who might be facing challenges with their wellbeing and mental health, we can all play a role in supporting the people in our lives, both at work and at home.

Additional Resources

R U OK? Have released resources that you and your workplace can use every day, in a variety of settings.

Further details can be found on their website.