Today is 'R U OK' day, a national day of action on the second Thursday of September (13 September 2012), dedicated to inspiring all people to regularly ask each other ‘Are you okay?'
By raising awareness about the importance of connection, and providing resources throughout the year, the R U OK? Foundation aims to prevent isolation by empowering people to support each other through life's ups and downs.
Hugh Jackman talks about the importance of R U OK day:
And here Naomi Watts offers her take and advice:
Jack Thompson talks about why he became an ambassador for R U OK day and how suicide has touched his life:
And here is Sally Beaumont was diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder at 19 years of age. She explains how asking her family for support enabled her to effectively manage her illness.
So, ask someone today - and every single time you feel its important to do so - "Are you okay?"... and genuinely listen to the answer. Then help to do something about it.
For me, go here: http://www.ruokday.com/