What if someone isn’t OK?

What if someone isn’t OK?

R U OK? day is Thursday 10th September. It’s a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs.
 
But are you prepared for someone to say “no”? If you are asking someone the question, you need to prepare to listen to their story and support them.
 
R U OK say that you should make sure to ask yourself the following questions:
 
  • Do I understand that if I ask Are You Okay, the answer could be: “No, I’m not”?
  • Do I understand that you can’t ‘fix’ someone’s problems?
  • Do I accept that they might not be ready to talk? Or they might not want to talk to me?
 
You can find more information about preparing to ask the question, by reading the how-to ask guide developed by R U OK.
 
For some people, it’s worth referring them to an expert. If they are having trouble with family or their partner, you could refer them to Relationship Counselling. They may need help working through something by themselves in Individual Counselling.
 
If you are worried about somebody being suicidal contact Lifeline for crisis support. If life is in danger, call 000.