R U OK is an Australian non-profit suicide prevention organisation founded by advertiser Gavin Larkin in 2009. It revolves around the slogan “R U OK?” (Are you okay) and advocates people to have conversations with others. The organisation has a dedicated R U OK? Day held annually on the second Thursday of September, which brings light to people with emotional insecurity and encourages others to regularly connect with them.
R U OK? works collaboratively with experts in suicide prevention and mental illness, as well as government departments, corporate leaders, teachers, students, universities and community groups. Its activities also align with the Australian Government’s LIFE Framework.
In 2021, R U OK? Will be celebrated on 9th September. The message for this year is: R They Really OK? Ask Them Today.
2020 was definitely a challenging year; however, what’s proven to be more challenging is the current times in 2021. The circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected. Do you know how your family, friends, colleagues and 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 crisis…
Take a moment to make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going.
To learn what to say after R U OK? You can download their FREE resources for tips and ideas to help you share the message in your community.