That simple question will be on the lips of thousands of Australians on Thursday.
Each year on the second Thursday in September people are encouraged to connect with family, friends and colleagues to help anyone who may be struggling with life’s problems or mental health issues.
More than 2800 die by suicide in Australia each year – that equates to some eight people today and every other day of the year.
RUOK? general manager Brendan Maher said people must acknowledge that many conversations are going to be too difficult to navigate.
“RUOK? does not solve people’s problems. We are encouraging action and many people who ask refer their friends to Lifeline or another service provider,” he said.
But it’s a good starting point.
To equip more people with the skills to ask “Are you ok?” and respond appropriately whatever the answer, RUOK? recently hosted a live Q&A on its Facebook page with Sucide Prevention Australia Deputy CEO Kim Borrowdale and Alan Lifeline’s Research Foundation director Alan Woodward.
The results, along with other valuable material, are available on the RUOK website.
So take the time on Thursday 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 or someone you know needs help, it’s available from QLife on 1800 184 527, online at QLife.org.au, or from Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.