Thought this was interesting – a national campaign in Australia, which culminates in ‘R U OK? Day’ this coming Thursday.
‘R U OK?Day is a national day of action on Thursday 13 September 2012, dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to regularly ask each other ‘Are you ok?’
By raising awareness about the importance of connection and providing resources throughout the year, the R U OK? Foundation aims to prevent isolation by empowering people to support each other through life’s ups and downs.’
I think it’s a great idea. How many times do you casually get asked “Are you okay?”, and you may feel like the only response you can give is “aaahh, I’m fine,” when the truth may be a little bit different?
Encouraging people to ask the question at all is a step in itself, in our sometimes hectic, all too busy lives.
Why not ask a friend, a neighbour, or a colleague if they are okay at some point today? There are lots of handy tips on the website. Then make a promise to yourself that you will ask again a little bit more often in the days ahead? It’s good to stay connected.