R U OK DAY
08 September 2016 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
R U OK Day is about reaching out to your colleagues, friends, family and people in your community, starting a conversation and showing that you care.
Someone in your life may be going through a difficult time and feel completely alone. A meaningful conversation and a few kind words could make a huge difference for them and in some cases, even save their life.
Follow R U OK Day's 4 steps for starting a conversation to show the people in your life that you care for them.
Academic psychologist and leading expert on suicide, Dr Thomas Joiner lost his own father to suicide and has dedicated his research to try and answer that question “why?”
His theory tries to answer that complex question by describing three forces at play in someone at risk. The first force is that the person thinks they’re a burden on others; the second is that they can withstand a high degree of pain; and the third is they don’t feel connected to others.
It is this lack of connection (or lack of belonging) that we want to prevent. By inspiring people to take the time to ask "R U OK?" and listen, we can help people struggling with life feel connected long before they even think about suicide.
It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “are you ok?” is a great place to start.
R U OK?'s vision is a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide.