R U OK?
R U OK?
R U OK? Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask, “Are You OK?”. Loneliness and isolation can be a significant issue for older Australians, so it’s particularly important to connect and check in with elderly relatives, friends and neighbours.
According to Beyond Blue, between 10 and 15 per cent of older people experience depression and about 10 per cent experience anxiety. Unfortunately, older people are more hesitant to share their experiences of anxiety and depression, often ignoring symptoms and only seeking professional help at crisis point.
The good news is you can make a big difference, just by starting a conversation.
R U OK? are calling on Australians to trust the signs that someone might be struggling with life. When you notice these signs, trust your gut and start a conversation that could change a life.
You can learn the signs and how to ask at www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask. Here you will find practical information to help you ask, “Are You OK”, including 4 simple steps to starting a conversation.
You can also access tips specifically designed to help you start a conversation with older people at www.beyondblue.org.au/older-people.
If you are affected by depression or anxiety and need to talk, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.