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R U OK? Day encourages Australians to connect

R U OK? Day is once again encouraging Australians to ask family, friends and colleagues ‘Are you ok?’.

The national day of action reminds us to reach out and connect with the people around us, and support each other in times of need.

“R U OK? Day’s aims are a great example of the importance of ‘belonging’ – a fundamental component of good mental health and the centre of the Act-Belong-Commit message” said Professor Rob Donovan, principal of Mentally Healthy WA, based at Curtin University.

Autism West’s Act-Belong-Commit Project Officer Janine Ripper says “Having good social networks and people to talk things over with is important for mental health and well-being.”

“We can all stop little problems becoming bigger by helping each other through life’s ups and downs. We all experience relationship problems, financial difficulties, stress, illness and death and we can all benefit from the support of those around us” said Janine. “So, if you feel that a friend or work colleague might be having difficulties, ask if they are OK. They’ll no doubt appreciate it either way.”

R U Ok? Day is on Thursday 14 September.  To help you start a conversation, read about inspiring stories of friendship and recovery, and to find out how you can get involved in R U OK? Day, visit ruokday.com

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