R U OK DAY 2021

Each year, R U OK Day reminds us how important it is to check in with those we love. This year, Thursday September 9th is marked as R U OK Day and the message is "Are they really ok?"


R U OK recognise that life's up and downs can get to us all at one stage or another, especially during lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions that can make us feel further apart from each other than we might normally. This means the chances are someone you know might be struggling. This R U OK Day, we remind you that your genuine concern and support can make a huge difference - whether what they are facing is big or small.


We urge you not to wait until someone you love or care for is visibly distressed or in a crisis. Are they really OK? Ask them today. Your conversation could change a life.

Not sure how to ask? R U OK have developed some helpful tips on asking "Are you OK?".

1 / ASK "ARE YOU OK?"

  • Be relaxed, friendly and concerned in your approach.

  • Help them open up by asking questions like "How are you going?" or "What’s been happening?"

  • Mention specific things that have made you concerned for them, like "You seem less chatty than usual. How are you going?"

  • Don't criticise them if they don't want to talk

  • Avoid confrontation.

2 / LISTEN WITH AN OPEN MIND

  • 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 for them.

  • If they need time to think, sit patiently with the silence.

  • Encourage them to explain: "How are you feeling about that?" or "How long have you felt that way?"


3 / ENCOURAGE ACTION

  • Ask: “What have you done in the past to manage similar situations?”

  • Ask: “How would you like me to support you?"

  • Ask: “What’s something you can do for yourself right now? Something that’s enjoyable or relaxing?”

  • You could say: "When I was going through a difficult time, I tried this... You might find it useful too."


4 / CHECK IN

  • Pop a reminder in your diary to call them in a couple of weeks. If they're really struggling, follow up with them sooner.

  • You could say: "I've been thinking of you and wanted to know how you've been going since we last chatted."

  • Ask if they've found a better way to manage the situation. If they haven't done anything, don't judge them. They might just need someone to listen to them for the moment.

  • Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.

IF THEY NEED EXPERT HELP

Some conversations are too big for family and friends to take on alone. If someone’s been really low for more than 2 weeks - or is at risk - please contact a professional as soon as you can.

FIND EXPERT HELP


Fore more information to get involved, visit the R U OK Day website HERE

You can visit the Peak Pharmacies website HERE






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