R U OK? is a public health promotion charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives.
Their work focuses on building the motivation, confidence and skills of the help-giver – the person who can have a meaningful conversation with someone who is struggling with life.
R U OK? contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building the capacity of informal support networks – friends, family and colleagues – to be alert to those around them, have a conversation if they identify signs of distress or difficulty and connect someone to appropriate support, long before they’re in crisis.
Please read more information about R U OK? Here – What R U OK? is about | R U OK?
R U OK’s Research
1) Has shown those who are exposed to the R U OK? campaign are up to six times more likely to reach out to someone who might be experiencing personal difficulties, compared to those not exposed to the campaign.
2) Those who are engaged with R U OK? (accessed resources, interacted on social media, visited the website, engaged with a Community Ambassador or downloaded the workplace toolkit) are also more likely to 2:
- Ask someone face-to-face if something was troubling them
- Listen to someone talk about their problems
- Refer someone who is troubled to a support service
4 Steps of an R U OK? conversation
We all have a role to play in building a community where people feel supported and connected. Help encourage everyone to look out for each other and lend support through all of life’s ups and downs, big or small. Let’s build people’s confidence and help them know when someone might need to be asked, ‘Are you OK?’.
Those on the receiving end of a meaningful R U OK? conversation report feeling supported, heard, safe and better about managing their situation having talked it through with someone who showed genuine interest and concern.