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R U OK? Day 2023 is Thursday 14  September and is our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to  ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.

When we genuinely ask, ‘are you OK?’ and are prepared to talk to them about how they’re feeling and what’s going on in their life we can help someone who might be struggling feel connected and supported, long before they’re in crisis. You don’t need to be an expert to ask someone, ‘are you OK?’. Try and make time for regular chats about life’s ups and downs so you can build trust with the people around you. That way when someone is struggling they’ll know you care and will feel comfortable opening up to you. 

It also helps to choose the right time and place for a meaningful conversation.

  • On breaks from work or study 

  • When exercising together 

  • When connecting or doing activities together online 

  • When you’re spending time together socially 

  • When you’re doing an activity side-by-side 

  • When you’re sharing a meal 

  • When you’re travelling together, even a short trip can be a good time to talk. 

We’ll be sharing information and resources to help you ask, ‘are you OK?’ and meaningfully connect with the people in your world.

Because a conversation could change a life.

If you need immediate crisis or emotional support you can contact NAWIC Member Assistance Program by Veretis. Free confidential and professional support to help you cope with any problems or challenges you may be experiencing. Talk with one of our trained clinicians 24/7 at 1300 878 379 or [email protected].

TIACS is a free and confidential counselling service for truckies, tradies, rural, blue collar workers and those who care about them, available Australia-wide. Need a yarn? Give us a call or text on 0488 846 988 to speak with a counsellor.

OzHelp has been designed to support the health and wellbeing of building & construction workers and their families. They provide a range of on the ground services including workplace mental health training, onsite health checks, free counselling. Building & construction workers and their families can access 24/7 support by calling 1300 694 357 
Support is also available at: 

  • Lifeline - 13 11 14

  • Domestic Violence Support – 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)

  • Mensline -1300 789 978 

  • Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800

  • Headspace – 1800 650 890

  • QLife LGBITQA Support – 1800 184 527

  • Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467

  •  Beyond Blue - 1300 224 6436

R U OK? is a national charity dedicated to inspiring all of us to have regular, meaningful conversations to support anyone going through a difficult time. 

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