R U OK Day: Start the conversation

Sector News
R U OK Day: Start the conversation

A natter, chinwag, a chat , a heart to heart, a chitter-chatter. Whatever you call it, today we want you to have a conversation.

Today is R U OK? Day (Thursday 9 September, 2021), our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” and support those struggling with life's ups and downs.

It is a day to inspire and empower everyone to remember to meaningfully connect with people around them and start a conversation with those around us who may be struggling.

More than ever before, we need to support each other and check in.

The last 12 months has been difficult, no matter where you live. We have faced the unknown, with a pandemic like we have not seen before. It has forced us to be resilient, to band together, to rise to daily and weekly challenges. It’s also caused us to feel cranky, crabby, sulky and despondent. Sometimes for a long time, sometimes in a way that we just can’t shake. That’s ok. It’s natural. But if you’re feeling this way – it’s important to let someone know.

As rolling lockdowns have forced us to stay home, we have had to rely on our loved ones and friends, our community to be able to help us with daily essentials. Five Good Friends Members have been fortunate to enjoy to support of you, their Helpers throughout.

Our family and friends have gone through many difficult situations from having health issues, being isolated due to lockdowns, learning to use technology to connect, facing job losses and not being able to travel to where our families are overseas.

At Five Good Friends, we understand these are difficult and unsettling times. We take our role in the community incredibly seriously, we’re working with a vulnerable group of people, and it is our mission to help as much as we can in these times of stress and concern.

R U Ok Day is just one day but we hope that our Members can rely on us to provide the support and care they need to help them through these difficult times.

How can you help?

The most simple and easy thing to do is start a conversation. You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a good listener. It can be face to face if your able to, but it can be over the phone or using technology such as Zoom or Facetime. Or even just dropping a quick text message or email.

Use these four steps and have a conversation that could change a life.

  1. Ask R U Ok?
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in.

For more information and resources go to https://www.ruok.org.au/