Today is R U OK Day!

Blog post by Will Hardiman

You’ve got what it takes to ask!

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Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it!

By inspiring people to take the time to ask ‘R U OK?’ , we can help people struggling with life get back to doing what they do best. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. Asking “R U OK?” is a great place to start.

How to ask?

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.

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This easy to follow action plan, is a fantastic starting point for those worried about a friend or family member, in going about asking ‘R U OK?’.

What happens if you’re not okay?

It is important to remember that you’re never alone! Many of us are lucky enough to have a network of family and friends that are only too happy to help us when things aren’t going quite to plan. Additionally, we’re lucky at Deakin, to have a wealth of resources, from counselling, to online resources, designed to help students manage their work, study, and social commitments, and ensure they are conscious of their personal wellbeing.

Conversations need to happen every day. For more information, and to help more people spread the word in your school, workplace or community, simply visit

*Many thanks for the tips & hints, provided by the team at ‘’


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