Thursday 10 September is R U OK? Day - an important event to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life at any time. 2020 has been a challenging year for many, making it even more important to reach out to those around you. You don't need to be an expert - just a good friend and a great listener.
The message for R U OK? Day this year is 'There is more to say after R U OK.' If someone is not ok, it is important we take time to listen, encourage action and check in. For more information on knowing what to say after 'Are you ok?' click here.
Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about isn't behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they're just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it.
By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you've noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow the following conversation steps to show them they're supported – this conversation could change or even save their life. If they are ok, that person will know you're someone who cares enough to ask.