R U OK Day 2021
Today is R U OK day. Sometimes it’s hard to recognise the signs in yourself and your friends but the folks at R U OK have put together so many valuable resources to help you recognise the signs, know how to engage in meaningful conversations about mental health and what to do or say if someone tells you they aren’t okay.
The global pandemic has not made things any easier. Every day in Australia, 8 people will take their lives (ABS 2020). It is so vital to check up on your friends every day of the year. Mental health should not be a taboo topic. R U OK? encourages people to follow these steps:
1. Ask R U OK?
3. Encourage action
4. Check in
If you’ve noticed any changes in your friends, family or coworkers, start the conversation today, and please see @ruokday’s Instagram and website for more resources.
IF LIFE IS IN DANGER CALL 000
Mental Health Resources in Australia
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 46 36
Information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety related matters.
Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/resources-support
Butterfly Foundation – 1800 33 4673
Butterfly provides support for Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image issues and their carers.
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time.
Kids Help Line – 1800 55 18 00
Confidential and anonymous, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
Lifeline – 13 11 14
24 hour telephone counselling service. (Or Text: 0477 13 11 14 6pm - midnight AEST)
Mensline Australia – 1300 78 99 78
A dedicated service for men with relationship and family concerns.
1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732
National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling services 24-hour online support for workers and professionals.
Open Arms: Veterans & Families Counselling – 1800 011 046
Open Arms: Veterans & Families Counselling is Australia’s leading national provider of high quality, free and confidential counselling and support services for Australian veterans and their families.
ReachOut.com is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service. ReachOut.com is an initiative of the Inspire Foundation, an Australian non-profit with a mission to help young people lead happier lives.
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
Suicide Call Back Service offers free professional 24/7 telephone counselling support to people at risk of suicide, concerned about someone at risk, bereaved by suicide and people experiencing emotional or mental health issues.