Are they really OK? Here’s how to check in with them today

Do you know how the people in your world are really doing right now? Chances are you know someone who’s doing it tough, but silently pressing on. As always, we’re here to support you, and for R U OK? Day we’re sharing ways you can help others.

Life’s ups and downs happen to all of us. So chances are you know someone who is struggling right now.

They might not have seen their family for months, their business could be operating under the strains of COVID-19, or they might be having trouble meeting their mortgage repayments.

And here’s the thing: we’re not all blessed with the natural conversation instincts and EQ of someone like Andrew Denton.

So sometimes we put off tough conversations for fear of making the situation worse.

But rather than wait until someone’s visibly distressed or in crisis before offering them support, we wanted to mark R U OK? Day by sharing the charity’s tips for starting the conversation.

1. Pick your moment

Meaningful moments are more likely to take place when we’re spending quality time together.

While this can be difficult to do during a lockdown, below is an example of some everyday situations that may be a good time to ask someone if they’re ok:

– while exercising together – when spending time together socially or during an activity – during breaks from work or study – when connecting or doing activities together online – while sharing a meal – while travelling together – even a short trip can be a good time to talk.

2. How to ask ‘R U OK?’