R U OK today? Really?
Today, 10 September 2020, is Australia’s national day when we ask “Are you OK?” of someone who may be going through some of life’s ups and downs.
And this year has been unusually challenging for many. It started with bushfires, then came COVID-19 and now the ongoing pandemic has dragged us into a recession.
With so much coming at so many, it is even more important for us all to stay connected and (for those who are able) to be willing to support those around us. And, when you ask “R U OK?” and the answer comes back “no”, there are resources out there for continuing what can be a difficult, yet necessary, conversation. It could change a life.
By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis.
So, if you feel like something’s not quite the same with someone you know, trust that instinct. Take a moment to ask them “Are you OK?” If they say they’re not, make time to listen, encourage action and check in.
At Hawthorne Clinic we fully support R U OK? Day and encourage you to visit www.ruok.org.au/join-r-u-ok-day for more free information and to find out ways to be involved.
Because asking “R U OK?” isn’t just for one day. It could be any day, and it’s always good to know how to continue the conversation.