Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is asking the community to join them on September 13 starting the conversation with your loved ones, friends or co-workers by asking ‘R U OK’.
TRC Portfolio Leader for People and Organisational Development, Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan said “R U OK Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that we all have what it takes to ask the question and support those struggling with day to day life situations or life itself”.
“Taking part can be as simple as learning R U OK’s four steps, Ask, Listen, Encourage Action and Check in” Cr O’Hara Sullivan said.
“Emotional stress and depression can strike anyone for many reasons, sometimes without warning.
“Suicide still remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.
“Don’t ignore your ‘gut feelings’. If you sense something is wrong with someone around you, ask the question R U OK?
“Before asking and starting the conversation though ask yourself “are you in the right headspace or right person to ask the question? It’s ok to admit you’re not, but find someone else who can.
“Asking someone the question may make you feel uncomfortable, but could be the starting point and make all the difference to a person knowing there is someone to talk to, listen, and offer support” Cr O’Hara Sullivan said.
“If you are having trouble starting the starting the conversation or unsure what to do the R U OK team give us the following tips:
- Be relaxed, friendly and concerned in your approach
- If they don’t want to talk, don’t criticise. Say you care and you’re concerned about changes in their behaviour
- Take what they say seriously and don't interrupt or rush the conversation
- Don’t judge their experiences or reactions but acknowledge that things seem tough at the moment
- Be positive about the role professionals can play in getting you through tough times
- Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.
For further information and tips on how to start the R U OK conversation please visit