Today, Thursday 9 September, is R U OK? day, a day that inspires and empowers everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with those in their world who may be struggling with life.
Times have been hard and many of us are struggling with the plethora of thoughts and feelings from our internal and external worlds.
The kind people over at R U OK? truly believe that a conversation can change a life.
And we, here at Karryon, believe that too.
In a world where so many of us feel lonely and disconnected, eye contact, an out-of-the-blue phone call, or and meaningful conversation can all contribute to lifting somebody up who might need to be seen or heard.
R U OK? can be practiced each and every day, with today serving as the reminder of the gentle power of humanity.
You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – so take the pressure off yourself. You can simply be a good friend and a great listener.
If you feel like you need some extra support before being able to reach out to others, or feel like you’re not the right person for others to talk to, that is also OK. You need to look out for yourself too.
You can do this in a number of ways; including reaching out to your loved ones or seeking professional support.
If you are feeling OK, check in with your friends, families, colleagues, and even strangers you meet along the way, because they might not really be okay.
By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help someone open up.
If they say they are not ok, you can follow the amazing R U OK? conversation steps below to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load.
If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.
Four steps to start a conversation that could change a life:
1. Ask R U OK?
3. Encourage action
4. Check in
Please always remember, you are not alone. #TogetherinTravel.
Click here for more information and some incredible R U OK? videos and resources.
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