R U OK? 5 ways we check in on our friends, family and colleagues

Today is R U OK Day, Australia’s national day of action when we are reminded that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life's ups and downs.

Tips from R U OK on how to start a conversation with someone:

  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen with an open mind
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in

Find more tips at RUOK.org.au

We asked six of our staff members how they ask their friends, family and colleagues, ‘R U OK?’

‘Usually I just text/WhatsApp or Messenger my buddies to see if they are ok. Usually it’s just like: “Hey mate, just me checking in to see where you at? How’s your head, you doing alright?”
It is a valuable thing to do, you just might save someone close to you (without even realizing it).’
Andrew H, NSW/ACT State Manager, Membership

‘My boys and I like to video call friends and family around Australia’
Bec W, Account Manager, Partnerships

‘I go for a sunrise walk with friends or my partner. The best conversations come up as the morning light breaks through.’
Jade L, Marketing & Communications Manager

‘Catching up with friends for walks at the beach is a great way to check in and catch up with them.’
Gavin G, Graphic Designer

‘I like to catch up with friends and take my pup, Rosie with us for company.’
Sally G, National Manager, Professional Development


This year, Governance Institute has donated to R U OK to support their mission to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and support anyone struggling with life. If you wish to donate, you can here: www.ruok.org.au/donate 

Disclaimer: The responses from Governance Institute staff are suggestions only. Please see the R U OK website for information and resources.

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