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R U OK? Day

R U OK? Day

1. Ask, 2. Listen, 3. Encourage action, 4. Check in

Thursday 8th September, San Clemente celebrated R U OK? Day as a school community and aim to raise awareness around the importance of mental health, particularly for boys and young men.

R U OK? Day is a National Day of Action when all Australians are reminded 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.

On Thursday, students wore yellow in support of this important initiative and asked to be open, confident and armed with the necessary skills to ask someone R U OK? Asking somebody if they are ok can be daunting. Especially if the response is – ‘Actually, I’m NOT ok’.

There are 4 important steps when asking someone if they are ok;

  • Step 1 – Ask R U Ok?
  • Pick your moment
  • Consider reaching our when you both feel comfortable
  • Be relaxed and friendly in your approach
  • If they don’t want to talk, remind them that you’ll be there for them when they’re ready
  • Step 2 – Listen
  • …with an open mind
  • Avoid quick fixes
  • Do not rush the conversation – silence is not scary
  • Remind yourself that your support is crucial
  • Step 3 – Encourage action
  • Suggest an appointment with their GP if feelings have been present for 2 weeks
  • Be honest if you do not have all the answers
  • Some useful organisations/websites are;
  1. Kids Helpline
  2. Reach Out
  3. Beyond Blue
  4. Lifeline
  5. Headspace
  • Step 4 – Check in
  • Stay connected and continue checking in
  • Make a decision to spend time together sooner rather than later
  • Ask about activities they normally enjoy and suggest doing them together
  • Encourage group catch ups to build connections with others

Mitch Allan, Leader of Wellbeing and Engagement, Year 10