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Are they really OK? Ask them today.
R U OK?Day 9 September explainer video
R U OK?Day is Thursday 9 September. This year our message is:

Are they really OK? Ask them today.

Do you know how the people in your world are really going?

Life's ups and downs happen to all of us. So chances are someone you know might be struggling. Your genuine support can make a difference whatever they are facing, big or small. 

So, don’t wait until someone’s visibly distressed or in crisis. Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going. 

Are they really OK? Ask them today. Your conversation could change a life. 

R U OK? has developed FREE resources to help you encourage everyone in your school, workplace and community to think about who in their world might need to be asked how they’re really going and how to make a moment meaningful by asking “are you OK?” Resources include a guide to supporting R U OK?Day, conversation guide, posters, videos, and more.
 
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Quick tip: Make a moment meaningful
Meaningful moments talking about life’s ups and downs are more likely to happen when we’re spending quality time together. So make asking “are you OK?” a part of these everyday interactions:
  • On breaks from work or study.
  • When exercising together.
  • When connecting or doing activities together online.
  • When you’re spending time together socially.
Ask your mob, in your way, R U OK?
Stronger Together mob group picture

R U OK? today launched 'I ask my mob, in my way, R U OK?', to support ‘Stronger Together’, our targeted suicide prevention campaign for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

If someone you know - a family member, someone from your community, a friend, neighbour, team mate or workmate –  is doing it tough, they won’t always tell you. Sometimes it’s up to us to trust our gut instinct and ask mob who may be struggling with life “are you OK?”, in our own way.

By taking the time to ask and listen, we can help those we care about feel more supported and connected, which can help stop little things becoming bigger things. That's why this campaign has a simple message: Ask your mob, in your way, R U OK?
 

The suite of resources for 'I ask my mob, in my way, R U OK?' includes culturally appropriate content led by the voices of mob from across the country.

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Resources for local government
Our Council Cares conversation card

Our quick guide to supporting R U OK? for local councils lists free resources and ideas to help you create a more connected local community and workplace that supports those who may be struggling. The guide includes ideas to help you get involved in R U OK?Day 2021.

R U OK? has also released, in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales, resources for customer-facing staff in local councils to help them support customers who may be feeling distress.

This includes:

  • Our Council Cares Customer Card to share with customers
  • Our Council Cares Conversation Resource to help with what can be tough conversations
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Conversation hero: Glenn Cotter
Glenn Cotter
"I had one friend who would just ring me and ask me if I was OK. I'd say 'Nothing's wrong with me mate. I'm all good.'

"One day when he rang and asked me, 'are you OK, mate?' I realised I'd been sitting in the dining room looking out the back door for the last three and a half hours.I had to admit that I wasn't.

"He said, 'That's OK. Come over for cuppa.' He didn't tell me what's wrong with me or what to do. He just showed me someone cared and that made all the difference."
Glenn Cotter is an R U OK? Community Ambassador. He shares why we need to stay connected and make asking, "are you OK?" a part of our every day. More tips.
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