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R U OK?Day is the national day of action held on the second Thursday of September (September 8), reminding us that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ It is important to start a meaningful conversation whenever you spot the signs that someone you care about may be struggling.

As a not for profit Australian charity, R U OK? focuses on suicide prevention by encouraging meaningful conversations. Please take some time to read through their host of resources and tips available online.

Research has shown that four in ten Australians feel that asking someone ‘are you OK?’ is a conversation better had with an expert.

This R U OK?Day, we want to help raise awareness that you don’t need qualifications to have an R U OK? conversation. We acknowledge the important work of health professionals, but we should not underestimate the value of the role we play in supporting people in our world.

You do not have to be an expert to have an R U OK? conversation. Giving someone your time and listening may be all they need to help them through.

After all, checking in on your loved ones and having a conversation could change a life.

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