Today is RUOK? Day, a mental health initiative to encourage all of us to really engage with one another – our families, friends and colleagues – about the many ups and downs that happen in all of our lives.


Are you ok? How to ask this important question

It’s a simple question. Problem is, it can be terribly hard to ask. Here’s how.



Everyone knows the importance of checking up on a loved one. But do you know the correct way to go about it? Turns out it’s pretty important that you do.The key is knowing how to raise your concern, and right now is the perfect time to learn.

On Thursday 10 September, mental health initiative ‘R U OK? Day’ will be held across Australia and campaigners stress that engaging in the lost art of conversation can potentially change a loved one’s life.

The 2015 theme of the annual R U OK? Day, ‘thanks for asking, was created to encourage individuals to show their gratitude to people who are taking care of people living with mental health issues.

R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Gavin Larkin in 2009, whose vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. Accordingly, our mission is to encourage and equip everyone to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?” 

We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge the world over. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions – “Are you ok?”





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