State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is today calling on people to check in and take a minute to notice what’s going on with family, friends, colleagues and most importantly, ourselves.
Today’s R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that we’ve all got what it takes to ask, “are you ok?” and support those struggling. Take a minute to start a conversation if you’ve noticed something has changed. Take a minute to find out what help is available for yourself and others.
In our daily dealings with family, friends and workmates we often ignore subtle signs that all might not be well in their lives, that’s why RU OK? Day is a not-so-subtle reminder that sometimes it’s a good idea to ask how they are going.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“We are social beings, but often we forget to think beyond our busy schedules to really consider whether other people are silently dealing with pressures or situations that may be pushing them to despair and sometimes suicide.”
“Genuinely inquiring about a person’s welfare is most powerful when we take the time to really listen to their response, without judgement and just listen.”
“It’s a simple, caring and humane way to make a huge difference to someone’s day and maybe they will carry the feeling that someone cares into the next day and beyond. It is also a good idea to follow up and check in with people you are concerned about beyond this day.”
“It could be the start of something really positive, for them and you.”
If you need urgent support or are worried about someone, contact your local doctor or one of the agencies below. If your need is life threatening, call 000.
Lifeline 13 11 14, Suicide call back service 1300 659 467, Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800, Grief Line 1300 845 745 354 or check for others at www.ruokday.com.