Today is R U OK?Day and R U OK? is calling on all Australians to reconnect with someone they’ve lost touch with, as new research from the suicide prevention charity reveals one third of us have unintentionally lost contact with four or more family members or friends.
R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life. R U OK?Day is a national day of action, held on the second Thursday of September each year. But every day is the day to start a conversation.
This year we’re please to see our countries leaders getting on-board to support this worth cause and encouraging participation by all. Adding his voice to the call for regular, meaningful conversations between family and friends is Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“The more we talk, the more people are encouraged to seek help,” Prime Minister Turnbull said. “Checking in with each other is something we can all do to help those around us. So if you think someone you know might need help, ask the question: ‘Are you ok?’”
So why not start the conversation today or reach out to those who you’ve lost contact with.
Here’s a great video on how one conversation changed a life-
Conversation tips and further information about this event can be found at ruok.org.au . For support at any time of day or night, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.