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September 10 is national R U OK? Day

You know what? Now more than ever, it’s ok to say, ‘I’m not ok.’

With 1 in 5 people in Australia suffering with their mental health, it’s so important that we feel comfortable to speak up about mental wellbeing.

This year September 10 is national R U OK? Day. You may have seen the bright yellow merchandise with the big black letters, R U OK? proudly displayed at schools, around public transport hubs or previously at community events around the country.

It’s all about reaching out to our friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to ask them how they are really doing.

By having regular, meaningful conversations about life’s ups and downs we can all make a difference in the lives of those who might be struggling.

If you feel like something’s not quite the same with someone you know – there’s something going on in their life or you notice a change in what they’re doing or saying – trust that gut instinct.

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

There’s more to say after asking R U OK? Use these steps to start a conversation:

  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in

Remember that conversation could change, or even save, their life.

Need help how to start a conversation? Visit ruok.org.au.

Although September 10 is our nationally recognised R U OK? Day, we don’t need to wait till then. Any day is a great day to ask R U OK?

Learn the signs to ask R U OK?

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