R U OK? These three simple words could potentially save a life. When was the last time someone asked you, “R U OK?”, When did you last ask someone that same question?
Thursday the 11th of September is R U OK day, an Australian suicide prevention initiative that encourages people to ask their family and friends if they are OK. Suicide is a very real issue, often linked to depression, and it is a sad reality that many people know of someone who has lost their battle with it.
Depression and suicide can affect anyone, young or old, rich or poor, male or female, famous or not. It is a difficult issue that no one really wants to talk about, even though the conversation could save a life. Having that conversation can be quite difficult so the R U OK foundation have developed four steps to make that conversation a little easier.
The steps to asking if a person is OK are to Ask, Listen, Encourage and Follow up. Check out how to start the conversation and ask someone if they are OK at https://www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask
In Australia, we consider ourselves to be quite tough and so we don’t really let on to others how we are feeling. Remember that it is always OK to ask for help if you are feeling down or having a difficult time. If someone asks you if you are OK, tell them the truth, maybe talking things through will make you feel better, and if not, your friend or family member might be able to tell you where you can get some help.
So, on Thursday the 11th of September, turn to the person next to you and ask those three simple words, “R U OK?” Always remember to look out for those closest to you, sometimes knowing that there is someone there for you really makes a difference.
If you would like more information about the initiative, I encourage you to check out the website https://www.ruok.org.au/
R U OK?
Until Next Time,