Have a caring conversation this R U OK? Day
R U Ok? It might sound like a simple question, but it could save a life.
R U OK Day? aims to raise awareness of suicide prevention and the importance of having regular conversations, that can start with a simple question of 'R U OK?'
These conversations give you a chance to connect and support the wellbeing of those around you, and check-in with those who may be struggling.
Emily Meates, Mental Health and Wellbeing Specialist talks about the importance of preventative mental health awareness and what Bupa is doing to help raise awareness is this space.
R U OK? Day reminds us to take opportunities to meaningfully connect with others, simply by starting a conversation that can begin with a simple question, R U OK?
“Preventative mental health awareness campaigns have never been more important as eight people die by suicide each day Australia and every 16 hours a New Zealander takes their own life.
“Bupa had 54 sites across Australia participating in raising awareness of suicide prevention and having caring conversations. These sites have opted in to receive an ‘activation pack’, which includes R U OK? Day merchandise, useful resources, internal and external avenues of support for mental illness and crisis situations, and decorations and posters to help create visibility.
“The activation pack initiative was first launched at Bupa in 2017, and this year we have seen a 30% increase in uptake, which is really positive.
“Each year, we hope to get bigger and better as more people begin to support and raise awareness of this very significant campaign,” said Ms Meates.
There are many reasons people may be struggling, from suicidal thoughts to financial crisis, relationship struggles and mental health issues.
It is time to start, and continue, conversations that can help those you care about open-up, feel supported and find ways to better manage what's on their mind.
If you are feeling suicidal, or facing a crisis, please seek immediate help:
Lifeline – 13 11 14 (available 24/7)
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467 (available 24/7)
Kids Helpline (for young people aged 5 to 25 years): 1800 55 1800
In New Zealand:
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
Kidsline (for children and teens): 0800 54 37 54 (available 24/7)
Find out more about R U OK? Day and the resources available.