It’s been a rough 20 months for everyone. And while many of us think and say we’re fine – and have friends who say the same – this year’s R U OK? Day invites us all to ask, “Are you really okay?”
Harm prevention charity R U OK? is hosting thousands of events and activities in workplaces, schools, community groups, social and sports clubs, and suicide prevention networks to mark the occasion. Activations are also being held online and on social media to reach those in lockdown.
Weatherman and R U OK? ambassador Sam Mac is hosting a free webinar alongside R U OK? CEO Katherine Newton at 12:30pm AEST, all about broaching the topic and starting a meaningful conversation.
R U OK? resources are now more easily accessible, with translations into eight other languages and tailored material to support demographics and communities at risk, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the LGBTQIA+ community and those living in remote Australia.
And while R U OK? Day happens once a year, the charity hopes people will keep checking in on their loved ones, colleagues, friends and acquaintances when they can.
The basic steps according to the organisation are:
1. Ask, “R U OK?”
3. Encourage action
4. Check in