Now in its 10th year, suicide prevention charity R U OK? wants to reinforce that every day is R U OK?Day, not just today.
R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
The day was launched in 2009 by founder and adman Gavin Larkin who tragically lost his father to suicide in 1995.
Larkin (who died of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2011) wanted to spare other families the grief his own endured.
A spark of an idea has since become a national movement aimed at encouraging friends, families, loved ones and workmates to ask the question of anyone they are worried about, in a genuine and meaningful way.
Earlier this year R U OK? conducted a survey that revealed:
• 51% of us were asked by someone if we were OK when we really needed it.
• More than half of Australians (57%) in the last 12 months, wanted someone to ask them if they were ok.
• While 52% of us thought about asking someone if they were ok, at least once, we didn’t.
“With around eight people taking their lives in Australia each day, and many more attempting, there’s still so much work to do,” said R U OK? campaign director Katherine Newton.
“Going forward, we want our statistics to reflect that the majority of Aussies are asking the question anytime they spot the signs that someone they care about is behaving out of the norm.”
For support at any time, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
For more info, visit ruok.org.au