R U Ok?
People don’t come with signs that let you know their innermost feelings and often the outside view the person shows the world doesn’t match what they are truly feeling.
For this reason we encourage you to ask the question “R U OK?” Such a little phrase but such a powerful tool. Three little words that can make a huge different to someone’s life.
Think about the people you come into contact with on a daily basis. Work colleagues, friends, family or children. Would you help one of them if you could? It’s not hard. The R U OK? website has excellent resources that can lead you step by step through the process.
A few ideas from The Money Edge Team on how you can help:
- Lead by example. Be the first one to ask the question “R U Ok?”.
- Find one night a week where you can sit down with your children and take turns asking “R U Ok?”
- If a local school is hosting an event, ask how you can help. If you have university students living at home, invite them out for a “coffee and chat”.
- Include an agenda item “Healthy Staff” to promote awareness. Each week discuss a topic of significance e.g. dealing with stress, mindfulness, R U Ok? and where to get assistance.
- Display support numbers throughout the office and encourage a supportive work environment.
- Be part of a culture where friends and family can feel comfortable to ask the question “are you okay?”
- Don’t wait another year to come around to ask R U Ok?
- Encourage your children to share their thoughts and feelings.
And finally, don’t be afraid to say “No” if asked by someone if you are ok. Sometimes by letting someone in, you move forward in the right direction.