Thursday 10 September is national R U OK? Day and this year’s message is you don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK
The R U OK? Day website says: “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.
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.”
For more information on knowing what to say when someone says they’re not OK, and guidance through how you can continue a conversation that could change a life, click here.
AJP readers were lucky enough recently to hear from, and ask questions of, R U OK? Day ambassador Rachael Lynch during a webinar titled ‘Staying afloat on the wave of COVID and beyond’. Rachael, who is a Hockeyroo and registered nurse in WA, spoke about how she handled her disappointment at the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics, and what she did next (hint: it’s pretty amazing).
She also talked about the four steps of having a chat with someone you suspect may not be OK:
- Ask them “Are you OK?”
- Make time to listen
- Encourage action
- Check in
To read a great summary of the webinar, or to view the full recording, click here.
Here are some resources to connect people with who may be struggling right now.