R U OK?: Navigating a conversation about mental health effectively
Asking 'R U OK?' is an important, but often difficult, question. Discover the best strategies for how to approach the conversation.
Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in July of 2022 revealed that more than one in five Australians (21.4 per cent) had experienced a mental health disorder at some point in their life, whether that be a panic disorder, PTSD, alcohol or drug dependence, depression, or any other mental illness.
While these figures are concerning, the reality is that the real-world figures are much higher with an unidentifiable cohort either not reporting their illness, or keeping it concealed. There is another group of unreported people who also are completely unaware of their illness.
This is where R U OK? Day becomes so important. It’s a day to not only acknowledge mental health as an issue in our society, but normalising mental health as a topic of conversation. One of the best ways to support someone struggling with their mental health, is by simply voicing your support and reaching out.
By simply asking ‘R U OK?’ to someone in need can change their life.
Before reaching out to your family member, friend, or co-worker, there are a few pivotal things you need to understand.