R U OK Day? 2020
Once again it is R U OK Day. We asked our youth representatives ‘why is continuing the conversation after R U OK? so important?'
Steph one of our Youth Reference Group members said that ‘Asking "are you okay?" is only the first step. You've got to continue the conversation to make sure they're really okay, and to provide support and guidance if they aren't okay. Some people don't know how to answer such a broad question, so it's important to keep the conversation going, asking specifically how things are with work, school, friends, family, etc. Is there anything happening that might be causing them trouble or stress. Sometimes when we ask people if they're okay, they're not ready to talk about their concerns and worries just yet, and that's okay. So it’s important to continue the discussion with them, just so they know you're there to listen and to support them if they do decide to open up and reach out one day.’
Elise said that ‘Continuing the conversation after “are you okay” is hard but it’s an important skill to have. If someone you know is struggling, continuing the conversation with them will help you identify whether they need help early.’
Hilary said ‘To show the person that you genuinely care and that you aren't going to give up on them, even if things are really tough for them or if they aren't ready to seek professional help yet.’
And Adam said: ‘To express that you continue to think about and care for the person's wellbeing beyond the bounds of the initial day’
You can have a look at the steps below or head to www.ruok.org.au for more information.