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R U OK? Day theme announced for 2023

The theme for R U OK? Day on September 14, 2023, is “I’m here to hear.”

Launching new R U OK? resources today, CEO Katherine Newton emphasised the importance of creating space to have meaningful conversations.

The R U OK? model for approaching these conversations is ALEC.

  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage Action
  4. Check in

“Choose a time and a place where you can give your full attention, free of distractions. A walk in the park, a sit down over coffee, a quiet night in. Let people in your world know you are here to really hear,” she said.

R U OK? conducted research to understand what a meaningful conversation looks like for Australians and came up with three common factors:

  1. Trust: People are more likely to open up to someone they are close to and trust.
  2. Authenticity: People are more likely to open up if they know someone genuinely wants to hear what they have to say.
  3. Environment: Place is key to feeling safe and opening up. A private space is preferred, with no time restrictions.

“By taking time for an R U OK? conversation and genuinely listening with an open mind, we can all help the people in our world feel supported and connected,” says R U OK?

Resources will be released in the coming week, but people and workplaces who actively support R U OK? Day can currently:

  • Download a guide to supporting R U OK?
  • Download the official editable poster
  • Download a starter pack
  • Download social media graphics
  • Register their R U OK? Day event
  • Buy merchandise for their event or activation.

R U OK? has developed a huge range of items including t-shirts, scarfs, gym bags, visors, beanies, golf balls, water bottles, post it notes, pens and biodegradable coffee cups.

Visit the R U OK? store.

R U OK? is a national movement started in 2009 by Gavin Larkin after the death by suicide of his father, Barry, in 1995.

Gavin, who passed away in 2011 with cancer, believed that a Conversation could change a life. This is his story.

In Australia, 3 in 4 people who die by suicide are male and suicide kills six men a day. 

The Australian Men's Health Forum recently launched its national campaign to address male suicide, calling on the Government to develop a male suicide prevention plan. 

Sign our petition: Time To Act On Male Suicide in Australia

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