RUOK? Or, as it is sounded out, Are You Okay? Thursday 8 September is RUOK? Day, a designated moment in our lives to turn our attention to friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, fellow students and even strangers, and take an interest in their lives. The idea is fairly simple: take the opportunities presented today to ask those you come across RUOK?
The initiative comes with the imprimatur of health minister Sussan Ley.
"Starting a conversation could make a real difference to someone's life," she said. "It could help save a life."
The initiative was started by Steve Larkin 14 years years after his father's suicide. Larkin wanted to start a movement of people taking an interest in each other's lives in order to prevent suicide. RUOK? Day is times to be two days before World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday 10 September 2016.
— R U OK? (@ruokday) September 7, 2016
In the event of someone answering 'no' to the question, askers/listeners can refer those in need of help to:
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