It would be hard to find someone who has not been touched but the tragic loss of a friend or even family member due to suicide. We live in an ever connected world but yet more disconnected than ever before. Whether on this forum, at home, in the workplace/school place or around town don't just assume that someone is OK, ask them.

R U OK? Day
is a national day of action in September dedicated to reminding people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, "R U OK?", in a meaningful way, because connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference to anyone who might be struggling.

The Facts
  • Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44
  • For every death by suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt to end their lives
  • Mental illness is very common. One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year

Action for you to help someone you think might need a check in

1. Ask R U OK?
  • Pick the right time and place to start the conversation
  • Mention specific things that have made you concerned for them, like “You seem less chatty than usual. How are you going?"

2. Listen
  • Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt or rush the conversation
  • Encourage them to explain: “How are you feeling about that” or “How long have you felt that way?”
  • Show that you’re listening by repeating back what you’ve heard (in your own words) and ask if you’ve understood them properly.

3. Encourage action
  • Help them think of next steps they could take to help them manage their situation.
  • If they’ve been down for more than two weeks,encourage them to see a health professional
  • Be positive about the role of professionals in getting through tough times

4. Check in
  • Schedule a reminder to call them in a couple of weeks. If they’re really struggling, follow up with them sooner
  • Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference