R U OK?
According to the Black Dog Institute, one in seven Australians will experience depression at some point in their lifetime. It’s a scary thought—especially considering depression is the number one cause of non-fatal disabilities. Additionally, one in 20 women experience antenatal depression, and one in 10 new fathers experience postnatal depression after the birth a child. Every day, six Australians die from suicide. The impact of mental health cannot be ignored—especially during times of stress or hardship due to Covid-19.
R U OK? Day 2021
Asking R U OK shouldn’t be isolated to September 9; it’s a relevant question every day of the year. Those conversation starters help form connections that are vital for mental health and wellbeing, and could even change a life.
Is someone you know behaving out of the ordinary? Or are you feeling tired, overwhelmed or unmotivated? It’s important to know the signs—not only for yourself but also those around you.
There’s More To Say
This year’s theme set by the “R U OK?” organisation is “Are they really OK? Ask them today” This means it’s more than just asking a question but also being prepared for follow-up. That’s why “R U OK?” is encouraging the use of a four-step action plan:
- Encourage action
- Check in
R U OK? Resources
Signs of the Times has partnered with Adventist Record, Mums At The Table and the Discovery Centre to provide resources to those looking for help—from a renowned depression recovery program, to a course on wholistic mental health and articles from those who have faced the same struggles and survived to tell the story. These resources could be exactly what someone needs to read, watch or participate in. Maybe you too could have this page handy next time you ask someone, “R U OK?”