R u OK?
This Thursday 14th September 2017 is R U OK? Day, a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that we’ve all got what it takes to ask, “are you ok?” and support those struggling.
R u Ok is a way to start a conversation to check on the wellbeing of others.
On Thursday, take a moment to engage in a conversation, be it across your desk, over coffee or lunch. Asking simple questions such as ‘how are you going’ or ‘what’s happening’ may give someone the confidence to open up about their struggles.
On Thursday, let others know you are here to help and listen; wear something yellow, bring a yellow coffee cup or be as imaginative as you can be.
Visit https://www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask for detailed information and simple steps you can take that could change a life.
Sometimes, we can feel apprehensive or unprepared for a conversation where the person may say, “no, I’m not ok”; and that’s ok. You can show them your support by following the steps in this video
If you are experiencing struggles at home, at work or with life in general, remember ANU provides students and staff with counselling support. You can also reach out to local and national mental health and suicide prevention organisations.
More information for students.
More information for staff.