RU OK? Day

Today, Thursday 12 September, marks the 11th R U OK Day – a national day of action dedicated to reminding us all to ask how our friends, families and colleagues are doing and to support those who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs.

Mental illness is a daily struggle for many Australians with the country’s suicide rate sitting at 12.9 per 100,000 — that’s above the World Health Organisation's global average of 10.7. Over half of those suffering from mental health issues in Australia never seek help and instead battle in silence.

Asking “are you okay” may seem frivolous to some, but this simple sentence may help in starting a meaningful conversation that has the potential to save someone’s life.

We are encouraged today and every day to trust our instincts when we see even the smallest change in our friends, family and colleagues and ask the question, “are you okay?”.

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