R U OK day

Today is R U OK day.  It’s a great opportunity to go beyond the casual greeting we use so frequently, and actually mean it: How are you?

Unfortunately suicide is a leading cause of death for people under the age of 45 which in most cases it is avoidable by reaching out and making contact to your mates and co-workers.

Who do you ask?

Have you got a mate who has been doing it tough lately or possibly had a relationship break down? Maybe it’s just a mate who you haven’t seen for a few weeks. Most people know someone who falls into this category.

How do you ask the question?

Asking the question is no different from our normal greeting: How are you, How’s things, but go beyond the automated response we so frequently use and look for the body language of your mate. If things don’t appear right ask again.

What do you do if they aren’t OK?

Let them talk and just listen to your mate. Maybe they just want to vent about the problem, but possibly they need some more help.

Who can help?

There are lots of different agencies who can provide support when there is some more help required. Here is a few:

  • The family GP
  • Lifeline
  • Mates in Construction
  • The company Employee Assistance Program

What to do next?

  • Think about a mate who has slipped off the radar
  • Send a text or pick up the phone
  • Listen to them.

Remember; being a good mate is about being there when your mate you.

Need some extra support?

For confidential advice and support 24/7, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 (Australia only)