R U OK?Day is today, Thursday, 10 September, and this year R U OK? is encouraging Australians to learn what to say if someone in their life says they are not OK.
R U OK? has launched an interactive conversation roleplay video to add to a suite of free digital resources designed to build the confidence and skills of Australians so they can navigate a conversation with someone in their life who might be struggling.
This year R U OK?Day coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day which will focus further attention on the role that each of us can play in suicide prevention efforts.
R U OK? CEO, Katherine Newton says 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected.
“In the words of our late founder, Gavin Larkin, R U OK?Day is a day to think about someone other than yourself and, if you are well and able, be willing to support those around you who might be struggling,” said Ms Newton. “But we also acknowledge that sometimes you might feel a little uncomfortable or awkward if someone says they’re not okay.
“That’s an understandable reaction and it’s why this year we’re reminding Australians there’s more to say after R U OK? and encouraging them to learn what to say next,” said Ms Newton. “It’s important we know how to keep the conversation going because a conversation really can change a life.”
The R U OK?Day interactive short film is now live at www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask
Alongside the interactive short film, R U OK? 2020 has developed and collaborated with others to deliver a host of free digital assets and virtual experiences including ‘Ask the Experts’ videos that share conversation tips, an ‘Australia at Home’ free live webinar, video messages for schools, workplaces and community groups, as well as a range of social media and out of home activations, virtual and in-person presentations by Community Ambassadors around Australia and downloadable information kits.
Thousands of COVID safe or virtual activities will also be hosted by suicide prevention networks, social and sports clubs, community groups, workplaces and schools across the nation to mark this national day of action.
‘There’s more to say after R U OK?’ Learn what to say next at www.ruok.org.au
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