R U OK? Day falls on the second Thursday of September each year. Make today the 14th of September, the day you ask someone if they’re ok. The day aims to encourage people to ask the hard question of R U OK? You could save someone’s life.
Step up and ask someone, R U OK?
This year’s R U OK? Day theme is: You’ve got what it takes, meaning, we are all capable of asking someone if they’re ok. A study conducted by the R U OK? experts show that 70% of people are comfortable asking someone if they’re ok, which is great. However, the remaining 30% say they wouldn’t know what to say or wouldn’t want to make matters worse.
R U OK? have developed four steps for people to follow when helping someone:
- Ask, R U OK?
- Encourage action
If someone says they’re not ok, you can refer to R U OK?‘s website for advice and action.
At present, studies show more than 3000 Australians are committing suicide each year, that’s 8 people a day. R U OK? Day unites the human race in working together to support those who are struggling with life and its pressures.
There is no shame in asking for help or accepting it.
The Conversation Convoy: 2017 Activation
The Conversation Convoy has started its 6-week journey to 20 communities around Australia, equalling to 14,000 km to inspire Australians that no matter where you’re based, help is available.
The aim is to help people become confident in asking the question, R U OK? and give them to skills and determination to start a conversation and follow-up with it.
You too can join The Conversation Convoy by visiting the R U OK? Day website. Today it reaches Cairns; the final destination.
Host an event or join a fundraiser to help support R U OK? Day.
How did R U OK? Day originate?
Barry Larkin was not ok and sadly left his family and friends in 1995. His son, Gavin Larkin wanted to change the way we see suicide and prevent it. In memory of his father and for the safety of present and future families, Gavin launched R U OK? Day with the help and passion of Janina Nearn. In 2011, Gavin lost his life to cancer, however, the legacy of R U OK? Day still lives strong and grows bigger and bigger each year, thanks to the support of the people who share his passion.
Beyond OK: The man behind R U OK? Day
Watch the documentary on Gavin Larkin, his family and the passion that makes this event so special.
Source: Australian Story: Beyond OK: The man behind R U OK? Day
Donations go a long way and help with research and future campaigns.
If you’re far from ok, you can find help here:
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
- Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800
- headspace: 1800 650 890
- Life: 1800 184 527
Remember: You’ve got what it takes.
R U OK? is an Australian suicide prevention charity. Its mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and to support those struggling with life.