That simple question will be on the lips of thousands of Australians today.
Each year on the second Thursday in September people are urged to connect with family, friends and colleagues to help anyone who may be struggling with life’s problems or mental health issues.
According to ABS data, 3027 people died by suicide in 2015 – more than eight deaths by suicide every day – with 746 people in Queensland taking their own lives that year.
RUOK? general manager Brendan Maher said it was important to check in with friends and loved ones, especially in towns where services were sometimes difficult to access.
“We already have assets available to us, those being our eyes, ears and mouths which are sometimes held hostage by fear and stigma,” he said.
“We are trying to create a world where those who are struggling receive the love, care and support they need from the people around them.
“We all have what it takes to ask someone if they’re ok and if they’re not, that’s where the four steps can help navigate a path to help-seeking.”
Those four steps are asking, listening, encouraging action and checking in with the person. RUOK? has made a guide available on their website to help people start those conversations and respond appropriately whatever the answer.
So take the time today to connect with a family member, friend or colleague and ask them: “RUOK?”
Somewhere in Australia that simple question will undoubtedly save a life.
If you need someone to talk to, help is available from QLife on 1800 184 527 or online at QLife.org.au, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636. For more places to get help,