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R U OK? Day 2023: A Life Changing Conversation in Australia

R U OK? Day is a National Day of Action in Australia that encourages everyone to ask someone they care about, “Are you OK?”. It is held on the second Thursday of September each year.

The theme for R U OK? Day 2023 is “I’m here to hear”. This theme reinforces the fact that you don’t need to be an expert to have a conversation about mental health. Simply being there to listen and offer support can make a big difference.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. One in five Australians will experience a mental health condition in any given year. However, many people don’t seek help because they feel ashamed or embarrassed.

R U OK? Day is an opportunity to break down the stigma around mental health and start a conversation. It is also a reminder that we all have a role to play in supporting the mental health of those around us.

Why R U OK National Day of Action in Australia is important ?

It’s not about on a National Day for care, It is very personal day for anyone’s life. By supporting and encouraging through talk and spend time with affected person can be helpful. Usually people to take the time to ask, ‘are you OK?’ in a genuine authentic manner and listen to the reply with an open mind, we can help people struggling with life feel connected and supported long before they think about suicide or any other extreme negative thoughts.

If you are concerned about someone’s mental health, there are a few things you can do:

  • Ask them directly if they are OK.
  • Listen without judgment.
  • Encourage them to seek professional help if needed.
  • Let them know that you are there for them.

Remember, a conversation could change a life.

Here are some tips for having a conversation about mental health:

  • Choose a quiet and private place where you won’t be interrupted.
  • Be direct and ask the person how they are feeling.
  • Use open-ended questions that allow the person to talk about their feelings.
  • Avoid giving advice or trying to fix the person’s problems.
  • Just listen and be supportive.

If the person is open to talking about their mental health, you can offer to help them find resources or connect them with a professional.

R U OK? Day is a great opportunity to start a conversation about mental health. By being there to listen and offer support, we can all make a difference in the lives of those around us.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please reach out for help. There are many resources available, including:

  • R U OK? website: https://www.ruok.org.au/
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
  • Headspace 1800 650 890

You are not alone. There is help available

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