A not for profit organisation dedicated to encouraging all Australians to regularly and meaningfully ask anyone struggling with life “are you OK?”.
What is R U OK? Day?
A national day of action to remind all Australians of the importance of asking mates, colleques and family “are you OK?”. It’s on the second Thursday of every September.
How can a conversation change a life?
Regular, face to face conversations can help us to build and maintain strong relationships with friends and family. In turn, research shows that people with these strong relationships are more likely to cope with life’s ups and downs.
The Foundation works collaboratively with experts in suicide prevention and mental illness, as well as government departments, corporate leaders, teachers, universities, students and community groups. If you are looking for information on ways you can contribute to the cause, or help someone you know, the R U OK? website provides extensive resources for people.
Since its inception in 2009, many Australian celebrities and athletes have enlisted as ambassadors and supporters to help raise awareness. Well known faces like Hugh Jackman; Naomi Watts; Simon Baker; South Sydney Rabbitohs co-captain, Roy Asotasi; former Rugby League player Wendell Sailor and gold medal Olympian Libby Trickett continue to champion the cause.
As part of our preparation for our Perth to Paris trip we organised a BBQ to help raise awareness for the RU OK? campaign and requested our family and friends to make a donation. The following photograph was taken on the day. Thank you to all who attended and made a donation to this worthy cause. The evening was a great success.
A few words about RU OK. . Mike. Written 18 May 2015
A week before I left for the journey my team at work helped put on a fund raising morning tea. We raised around $350.00 for the RU OK program.
At the a City of Canning once a month or so the various teams across the organisation put on fund raising morning tea, usually on a Friday morning – we call the “Funky Friday”. The aim to hold a social morning tea where the staff can have quick social chat and acknowledge a particular charity or important issue.
So on Friday 24 April the City Futures team put on nice spread of food and held a raffle and door prize and acknowledged the important work of the RU OK program. With all the changes and turmoil that the staff at the City have been through the RU OK concept is great idea – a simple message about how to think of and ask a simple question in the right way can help a work mate when they are most in need.
As part of the morning tea I said a few brief words about our Perth to Paris tour and encouraged the staff “to never let a chance go by” … I jumped at the chance to join Barry and Peter on this tour. And it’s turning out great and it is fantastic privilege to part of the project.