R U OK? Day is on Thursday September 12. It’s a day when we are reminded to connect with people around us and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling or having a tough time. We don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.
The vision of the R U OK? organisation is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. When people are at risk of suicide, they can feel like they are a burden to others; that they should be able to cope with their difficulties or pain and they feel isolated or not connected to other people.
So when you ask someone, “How are you going?” or “What’s been happening?”, listen without judging their experiences and acknowledge that things seems tough for them. If they need time to think, be patient with the silence. If the other person doesn’t want to talk, tell them you care about them and let them know that they can contact you if they ever want to chat or ask if there is someone else that they would rather speak with.
Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.
For more information go to: https://www.ruok.org.au/ or call Lifeline on (03) 6231 1882