Today marks a very important day in our calendar – R U OK?Day. It’s a day for us all to remember that a simple conversation could change a life.
If you feel you’re ready to open up a conversation and give someone the opportunity and time to share how they’re feeling, the team at R U OK? suggest using these four steps below:
1 | ASK R U OK? -Be relaxed, friendly and concerned in your approach.
2 | LISTEN- Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt or rush the conversation.
3 | ENCOURAGE ACTION- Ask: “What have you done in the past to manage similar situations?” And be positive about the role of professionals in getting through tough times.
4 | CHECK IN- Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.
Remember, there’s nothing like the warmth we get from human connection, so today and every day, take the time to check in with each other – after all, a simple conversation could change a life.