R U OK is an Australian non-profit suicide prevention organisation, founded by advertiser Gavin Larkin in 2009. It revolves around the slogan “R U OK?” (Are you okay), and advocates people to have conversations with others. The organisation has a dedicated R U OK? Day held annually on the second Thursday of September, which brings light to people with emotional insecurity and encourages others to regularly connect with them.
R U OK? works collaboratively with experts in suicide prevention and mental illness, as well as government departments, corporate leaders, teachers, students, universities and community groups. It’s activities also align with the Australian Government’s LIFE Framework.
In 2020, R U OK? Will be celebrated on 10th September 2020. The message for R U OK? Day 2020 is: ‘There’s More To say after R U OK?’
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us. In the lead-up to R U OK? Day, they’ll help Australians know what to say when someone says they’re not OK and guide them through how they can continue a conversation that could change a life.
You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.
To learn what to say after R U OK? You can download their FREE resources for tips and ideas to help you share the message in your community.