R U OK? Your conversation could change a life!

September 9 is R U OK? Day.

This year the message is: Are they really OK? Ask them today.

Do you know how the people in your world are really going?

Life’s ups and downs happen to all of us. So chances are someone you know might be struggling.

Your genuine support can make a difference whatever they are facing, big or small.

So, don’t wait until someone’s visibly distressed or in a crisis. Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going.

Are they really OK? Ask them today. Your conversation could change a life.

RU OK? Inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with those in their world who may be struggling with life.

You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a good listener.

Use these four steps and have a conversation that could change a life:

1. Ask R U OK?
2. Listen with an open mind
3. Encourage action
4. Check in

R U OK? is a harm prevention charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives.

Their work focuses on building the motivation, confidence and skills of the help-giver – the person who can have a meaningful conversation with someone who is struggling with life.

R U OK? contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building the capacity of informal support networks – friends, family and colleagues – to be alert to those around them, have a conversation if they identify signs of distress or difficulty and connect someone to appropriate support, long before they’re in crisis.

If you would like more information on supporting people in your life who might be struggling, visit the R U OK? Website and download their Conversation Guide.