R U OK? Day September 9

Make a difference in a person’s life today, learn what to say to keep the conversation going on R U OK? Day this year.

Do you really know how the people in your world are going? We are all affected by the ups and downs of life, but the added anxiety involved with the pandemic increases the chances that people you know and love may really be struggling right now.

Your genuine support can make all the difference in the face of whatever they’re facing, big or small. In fact, simple, random acts of kindness can touch a person’s heart and make them feel better about themselves, their situation and the world around them.

The R U OK? Day organisers urge people not to wait until someone is visibly distressed or in crisis. Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they are really going today.

R U OK? has developed a range of FREE resources to help you have meaningful conversations with the people in your circle of influence.

In challenging times like the ones we’re living through right now, it is more important than ever to remain connected. It is also important for those of us who are able, to be willing to support those around us who may be struggling.

Learning what to say when someone says they’re not OK could just change a life. You don’t have to be an expert, just knowing what to say can help immensely and make a positive difference in someone’s life.

If you find someone you’re talking to is in real trouble, ask them to see their GP. Other organisations that can help include:

  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
  • Lifeline: 131 114
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
  • NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
  • Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467

Visit Mental health services and support contact list - Services and programs (nsw.gov.au) for a full list of Mental Health services.

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