Today is RUOK? day here in Australia.
It has a very simple premise. Simply ask someone, a friend, family member, work colleague, or even a total stranger the question, “Are you okay?”
It is aimed at preventing suicide by helping people connect. All too often people struggle with issues that seem insurmountable, and feel absolutely alone while doing it. A simple act of care or concern can help share some of that burden. And who knows, maybe someone will keep on living.
Every year in Australia, 2100 people end their own lives, and more than 30 times that (over 63000) attempt suicide. Many, many times that suffer from depression. If someone can be helped by asking three simple words, is that too hard?
Oh, and if someone is honest with you and tells you what they are feeling, consider taking it to the next level and find a way to help.
Now while this is an Australian initiative, I want to encourage my friends from other countries to help someone else by asking the question RUOK? today.
By the way. How are you, RUOK?