This Thursday is our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.

Thursday 8 September is R U OK?Day – and a reminder we need to stay connected and make asking ‘are you OK?’ a part of our everyday. 

That way if someone we know is struggling with something big or small they’ll know we care. When we genuinely ask, ‘are you OK?’ and are prepared to talk to them about how they’re feeling and what’s going on in their life we can help someone who might be struggling feel connected and supported, long before they’re in crisis. 

You don’t need to be an expert to ask someone, ‘are you OK?’

Try and make time for regular chats about life’s ups and downs so you can build trust. That way when someone is struggling they’ll know you care and will feel comfortable opening up to you. It also helps to choose the right time and place for a meaningful conversation. 

Cuppa & Convo – People love to catch up over a cuppa. When people are feeling relaxed and comfortable it can be easier to talk about life’s ups and downs. Drop by or invite someone to share a cuppa and have a meaningful conversation. Want to encourage others to make a moment meaningful and connect over a cuppa? 

Walk & Talk – Sometimes it’s easier to have a conversation when you’re doing something side-by-side rather than face-to-face. Why not arrange a walk and talk for a friend in your community or during a lunch break? 

Life’s ups and downs happens to all of us, so chances are someone you know might be struggling. Your genuine support can make a difference whatever they are facing, big or small. So, don’t wait until someone’s visibly distressed or in crisis to make a moment meaningful.

You don’t need to be an expert to have an R U OK? Conversation, listening and giving someone your time might be just what they need to help them through. Ask R U OK? No qualifications needed. Because a conversation could change a life

R U OK? is a national charity dedicated to inspiring all of us to have regular, meaningful conversations to support anyone going through a difficult time. 

Are you seeking Natural Therapies for Mental Health conditions such as anxiety, depression, panic or stress? Please see the Mental Health section of our website for more information. 

If you need immediate crisis or emotional support you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14