Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Australians and every day at least 6 Australians die from suicide. Today is National R U OK day. It’s a day of awareness and a day to ask the 3 words if you think someone may be struggling.
If your gut is telling you that something is wrong with a workmate, friend, loved one or family member, reach out and start a conversation and ask R U OK? You don’t need to be an expert or have all the answers, sometimes simply listening and not judging the person can make a difference.
You can use the below 4 steps to start a conversation;
- Ask R U OK?
- Listen without judgement
- Encourage action
- Check in on the person
Help is always available to someone who may need it.