Starting conversations that change lives for R U OK? Day

Police across the state are taking part in events for R U OK? Day, Queensland Police say.

From officers teaming up with Queensland Ambulance Service in Gladstone,  to Browns Plains Officers taking the message into High Schools and Senior Constable Clancy spreading the message in Ipswich.

Senior Constable Clancy is asking you all, R U OK?

R U OK Day is dedicated to reminding people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, “R U OK?”

Connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference to those who may be struggling.

Breaking down barriers of silence is the first step to letting people know they belong, they are cared for and they’re not alone.

Got a niggling feeling someone you know or care about isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts, agitated or withdrawn? Maybe they just haven’t been themselves lately.

Trust that gut instinct and act on it.

But, how do I ask “R U OK?”

Ask. Reach out to someone you are worried about and say ‘R U OK?’

Listen. Take them seriously, and listen without judgement.

Encourage Action. Ask what you can do to help, or let them know about what resources, such as health professionals, are available to assist them.

Check In. Follow up on your conversation to see if anything has changed or improved.

More detailed guides and conversation resources can be found on the RUOK website here.

You don’t need to be an expert – you just need to be ready to listen.

Starting the ‘Convo Convoy’ in Mount Isa

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