R U OK? day needs to be everyday

R U OK: Jen Snook engaging in a conversation with Port Lincoln resident Anna Grove-Jones and asking "R U OK?".

R U OK: Jen Snook engaging in a conversation with Port Lincoln resident Anna Grove-Jones and asking "R U OK?".

Today’s R U OK? day highlighted a message that people should check in on others mental health, not just for one day of the year, but everyday. 

Standby Support After Suicide Country North coordinator Jen Snook spent R U OK day with the staff at Rogue and Rascal asking customers and passersby if they were okay. 

Ms Snook said she hoped to create a flow on effect for people to ask the question everyday as a way of “checking in” on how people were doing.

“It’s about encouraging others to ask R U OK? and checking in with people ideally everyday,” she said. 

“People need to look after each other better and encourage others to ask the questions.” 

Ms Snook said some people were afraid of someone saying they were not okay and were maybe not comfortable in how to handle that conversation. 

R U OK? information and prompts were available to guide those who were unsure of how to deal with a “no” response. 

Response questions of encouragement and support include: “How can I help?”, “What would help take the pressure off?”, “What do you enjoy doing?” and “Have you thought about seeing a professional?”. 

Port Lincoln resident Anna Grove-Jones was asked if she was okay by Ms Snook and said she thought it was important to reach out to those around us everyday because you never know what people could be dealing with. 

“People shouldn’t be afraid to talk about mental health everyday,” she said. 

If you or anyone you know is suffering from mental health issues or suicide, contact the 24-hour hotline on 13 11 14 or the 24-hour Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

Or if you or anyone you know needs support after suicide, contact Standby Support After Suicide 24/7 on 0437 752 458 or email standby@unitingcommunities.org.

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