R U OK is a suicide prevention charity in Australia, reminding people that having meaningful conversations with mates and loved ones could save lives . Today is R U OK? Day. 🙂
This slogan is a reminder to check in with family and friends from time to time, opening up the lines of conversation if needs be.
Starting an R U OK? conversation? Use these four steps:
1. Ask R U OK?
3. Encourage action
4. Check in
Most people will have a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder. These three types of mental illnesses often occur in combination. For example, a person with an anxiety disorder could also develop depression, or a person with depression might misuse alcohol or other drugs, in an effort to self-medicate. Effects can stem from environmental and biological factors.
Recent studies pointed out that most people suffering from a mental condition will not seek professional treatment. This is largely due to the stigma surrounding mental illness, people feel ashamed or embarrassed to seek medical help. Untreated mental illness can be attributed to the majority of deaths by suicide.
Mental illness is just as serious as any other health condition so we need to keep the conversation going. 🙂 https://www.ruok.org.au/