This Thursday is ‘R U OK’ day

This Thursday is R U OK? Day, aimed to preventing suicide in Australia by asking people to connect to someone they care about and make sure they’re OK.

Thursday 7 October, 2010

Thursday 7 October, 2010 is R U OK?Day. A national day of action that aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.

On that day we want everyone across the country, from all backgrounds and walks of life, to ask family, friends and colleagues: “Are you OK?”.

Because staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feelings of isolation and being alone are major contributing factors to depression and social issues that can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.

It’s so simple but in the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.

Why start a conversation?

Research shows that talking about suicide with someone at risk actually reduces the chance of them taking their own life. It is the one thing we can all do to make a real difference.

Staying connected and ensuring your colleagues, friends and loved ones do so as well is as simple as having regular meaningful conversations. So every day can be R U OK?Day.

Author: Alister Scott

Alister is an Excellence Wrangler for Automattic.