This week marks the annual R U OK? Day all over Australia, reminding us that a simple conversation and by showing that someone cares can make the world of difference in another person’s life.
Whether it be yourself, a family member, a colleague, or a friend, we all know someone who has needed support to get through a tough time or who has just needed to know there’s someone that actually cares about how they are feeling.
R U OK Day? is on Wednesday, September 14, 2023, and this year’s theme, “I’m here to hear,” prompts us to pay close attention and to listen to those around us.
I encourage everyone to take a moment to reach out to those around you and ask R U OK?
There are many ways to start the conversation. I have heard that some organisations put on a morning tea on R U OK? Day.
But please remember it is not only on this day that we should be watching out for each other.
Very often you don’t know how someone else is feeling until you ask, and a problem shared is usually a problem halved.
For more information and for advice on how to start the conversation, visit www.ruok.org.au
Those looking for someone to talk to can access 24/7 crisis support by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Kim O’Keeffe MP
Nationals Member for Shepparton District