Thursday 13th September 2018 | R U OK? Day is a national day of action, dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to regularly ask each other ‘Are you OK?’
It’s a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.
On that day we want everyone across the country, from all backgrounds and walks of life, to ask family, friends and colleagues: “Are you OK?”.
Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.
It’s so simple. In the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.
We can all have situational depression or anxiety. We can all fall into hard times.
We know how hard those times are.
But we know it’s ok, it’s just a moment, this time will pass.
And we may need to reach out to family & friends for support to help us though the crisis.
But for people & families living with mental health they don’t walk through it, they have to learn to live with it.
Often enduring horrific circumstances.
So please don’t sit in judgement if you have never walked in someone’s shoes.
Some fight battles in their minds daily & they live life like your worst nightmares.
Some are so lost that they believe that they are worthless & loose their will to live or self harm.
Some face such cruel mood swings.
Families torn apart.
People find themselves vulnerable on the streets & homeless.
R U Ok?
I have ears to listen, cuppa ready, and big strong wings to give you a big Jenny hug & tell you that you aren’t alone, I see you, I hear you, I love you, I care.
Hold on you’ve got a friend.
So can you send a message?
What about that friend that has fallen off the face of the earth, or strangely you haven’t heard from them for a while?
That girlfriend who has just bravely stepped out on her own?
That stressed out exhausted mum?
That family dealing with grief or loss?
That person recovering from surgery?
Can you help ?
Ask R U OK?
Something to ponder,
Love, light & blessings