And it’s more important than ever that regional Australian’s turn to a friend, family member or colleague and ask the simple question — R U Ok?, and not just on this national day but everyday. Don’t know where to start? R U Ok? Offer the following tips on how to start the conversation:
“IN EVERY STATE IN AUSTRALIA, THE RATE OF SUICIDE AMONG THOSE WHO LIVE OUTSIDE THE GREATER CAPITAL CITIES IS HIGHER THAN THAT FOR RESIDENTS THAT LIVE WITHIN THEM, AND THE RATE HAS RISEN MUCH HIGHER IN RURAL AREAS OVER THE PERIOD 2011-2015.”
1. AskBefore asking, make sure that you’re prepared: Ask a question. It doesn’t necessarily have to be R U OK? Why not start with “How are you going?” or “You seem less chatty than usual – is everything okay?”
2. ListenListen intently and seriously to what they have to say. The more engaged you are the better placed you will be to help them in their situation. Ask them to explain their situation and ask them how they feel about it – don’t judge their situation and acknowledge that things seem tough for them at the moment.
3. Encourage ActionBe positive about how professionals could get involved in the situation. Connect with them by sharing a personal experience where you’ve sought help for someone else and how that helped you. For example, “When I was going through a difficult time, I tried this… You might find it useful too.”
4. Check InAlways make sure you follow up as genuine care and concern can make a real difference. For more information on R U OK? Day and how you can get involved click here. If you need assistance there are a great resources and services available in Australia:
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