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It's R U OK?Day, a reminder that every day is a day to start a meaningful conversation with the people in our world.

This year's message is: 
Are they really OK? Ask them today.

We want you to make staying connected and asking "are you OK?" a part of your everyday.

The ups and downs of life can affect each of us differently. Sometimes it won’t be obvious that someone is struggling, but having the support of family, friends and close colleagues can help them better navigate life's challenges.

Don’t wait until someone is visibly distressed or in crisis before you ask. If you ask them how they're really going in a genuine way, you can make a difference.

Learn how to:
  • Ask R U OK?
  • Listen with an open mind
  • Encourage action
  • Check in
Because your conversation could change a life.

What else can you do?
  • Get your school, workplace, uni, sports club and community involved using these resources
  • Share the message online
  • Keep the conversation going all year round using these tools and resources.
Find conversation tips
Some questions need asking
There are some questions that we always know the answers to, so much so we don't ask them. But some questions need to be asked, like "how are you really going?", that way if they're struggling, they'll know you care and are there for them.

This video shares the real story of R U OK? Ambassador Lachlan McTackett who credits the support of friends and family with helping him through a difficult time in his life. Want to support your loved ones? Learn when and how to ask R U OK?
Quick tip: When to ask
  • When they’re experiencing relationship difficulties or breaking up with a partner
  • When they’re experiencing increased levels of stress or constant stress
  • When they’re experiencing financial difficulty
  • When they’re going through a period of major change at work, home or in life
  • When they’ve experienced the loss of someone or something they care about
  • When they have a major health issue
  • When you notice a change, no matter how small.
Finding help

If someone has been experiencing tough emotions for more than two weeks, encourage them to talk to a trusted health professional or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for a confidential chat any time of day or night. You can find other support services here and remember these services are for everyone - whether you need a listening ear or are concerned about someone else.

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