Today (9/10/15) is R U OK? Day- a day created and celebrated in Australia but something I think worth spreading! R U OK? Day is a day to recognize the importance of a conversation and checking in with family, friends, roommates, neighbors, acquaintances, anyone you know and ask how they’re doing in a meaningful way.
This day promotes mental health and suicide awareness because of how powerful a conversation- even one over text- can be. As the creator of this day, Gavin Larkin, says "Getting connected and staying connected is the best thing anyone can do for themselves and for those who may be at risk.” R U OK? Day was created in 2009 and has since been celebrated on the second Thursday of September.
So today and every day ask how people are doing. Whether it’s telling someone a funny joke you heard or opening up and being honest with someone you trust about something you’re struggling with, it’s good to connect with other people. It’s a wonderful way to show people that you care about them, and everyone could use a reminder that there are people who care.
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