Today is R U OK Day, a national suicide prevention campaign to encourage people to start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.
Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would?
Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves.
Trust that gut instinct and act on it.
By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up.
If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load.
If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.
BRHS’ PHEW committee (Positive Health and Employee Wellbeing Committee) will be bringing fruit and goody baskets to staff and dining rooms across the hospital today, to spread awareness of R U OK Day.
You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.
Starting an R U OK? conversation? Use these four steps:
- Ask R U OK?
- Encourage action
- Check in
For more information about suicide prevention and things you can do, visit www.ruok.org.au.