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How to have difficult conversations on R U OK? Day

- September 10, 2020 2 MIN READ

This year R U OK? is encouraging Australians to learn what to say if someone in their life says they are not OK.

With millions of Australians impacted by the coronavirus crisis, checking in on the mental health and well being of loved ones, friends and colleagues have never been more important.

R U OK? CEO, Katherine Newton says 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it crucial 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 Newton. “But we also acknowledge that sometimes you might feel a little uncomfortable or awkward if someone says they’re not okay.

With this in mind, R U OK has launched an interactive conversation roleplay video to assist everyday Aussies to build up the confidence and skills to carry on a conversation with someone in their life who might be struggling.

“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 Newton. “It’s important we know how to keep the conversation going because a conversation really can change a life.”

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.

R U OK Day takes place on September 10.  If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or mental health issues please seek help. Call Lifeline 131141. MensLineAustralia 1300 78 99 78.  Young People aged 12-25 seeking help can call Headspace 1800 650 890.

There’s more to say after R U OK?’ Learn what to say next at www.ruok.org.au

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