Not everything in life goes the way we planned and when it doesn’t, it’s good to have close friends and family that you can talk to. Whether it’s about something serious or something not so serious, it’s just good to have those conversations.
2021 has again been a challenging year. Possibly the most challenging in our lifetime and it’s important that we support one another by reaching out and checking with our friends, family, colleagues and team mates .. Asking “R They Really Ok?”
R U OK Day is held each year to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.
You don’t need to be an expert to reach out simply being a good friend and a great listener can change a life.
Use these four steps and have a conversation:
- Ask R U OK?
- Encourage action
- Check in
Make sure you ask someone .. R U OK?
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND SUPPORT
It’s OK to reach out and ask for help. Below are contact details of some amazing organisations who can do just that.
R U OK?
- A suicide prevention charity in Australia, reminding people that having meaningful conversations with loved ones, friends and colleagues with great resources to help you start and keep the conversation going.
- 24/7 mental health support services
- 1300 22 4636 or beyondblue.org.au
- Online support and counselling to young people 12 to 25.
- 1800 650 890 or for webchat visit headspace.org.au/eheadspace
- 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services for children and young people aged 5 to 25
- 1800 55 1800 or kidshelpline.com.au
- 24/7 support for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence and abuse.
- 1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au
- 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services
- 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
Suicide Call Back
- 24/7 crisis support and counselling service for people affected by suicide
- 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au
- 24/7 counselling service for men
- 1300 78 99 78 or mensline.org.au
- LGBTI peer support and referral
- 1800 184 527 or qlife.org.au