Sometimes it is the hardest thing to ask. Sometimes you know the answer may scare you … but having that conversation could save a life.
Today is R U OK? Day. The day is dedicated to reducing Australia’s high suicide rate and it encourages Australians to reach out to a colleague, friend or loved one and ask the simple question: “Are you OK?”
Suicide prevention expert Professor Graham Martin OAM says establishing a regular connection with famiily and friends can help build a more resilient community.
“You don’t have to be an expert to support someone going though a tough time, you just need to BE there, be able to listen without judgement, and take time to follow up,” he says.
“Helping someone admit they’re not OK is the first step to getting support”.
SO please, ring your mum, chat to your dad and give your partner the opportunity to really talk to you today (and tomorrow as well!).
If a colleague looks uneasy just ask. If your child looks stressed, ask. And even if your friends looks like she has everything under control, it doesn’t hurt to ask her too.
In fact, we’re asking you.
ARE YOU OK?
Feel free to use this space to have a vent (anonymous or otherwise) … it might just brighten up your day .
And if you’re really needing to talk to someone please visit the RU OK? website to connect with crisis support lines www.ruok.org.au/find-help
Take care everyone!!