R U OK? Day is Thursday 9 September 2021. It is a national day of action when all Australians are encouraged to ask friends, family or colleagues, “are you OK?”.
If you feel that someone you know is behaving differently, maybe they seem out of sorts, agitated or withdrawn, listen to your gut instinct and act. Learn more about the signs to look for.
Tips on how to ask R U OK?
- Ask R U OK?
- Listen with an open mind
- Encourage action
- Check in
We are not all great communicators and it is not always easy to know what to say when someone is struggling. The R U OK? Day website provides resources on how to ask if someone is ok and when to take action.
Libraries love these eBooks:
- Phosphorescence: On awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark by Julia Baird
- Change Your Life in an Hour: Don’t’ believe you can? You’re already doing it by Laura Archer
- Anxiety by Dr Mark Cross
- Yes to Life in Spite of Everything by Viktor E Frankl
- ACT Made Simple: An easy-to-read primer on acceptance and commitment therapy by Russ Harris
- Reinventing Your Life: The breakthrough program to end negative behaviour and feel young again by Jeffrey E Young.
To get started, download the cloudLibrary and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
De-stress and listen to a eAudiobooks:
- Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect by Fearne Cotton
- The Mind Strength Method by Jodie Lowinger
- Anxiety: Expert advice from a neurotic shrink who’s live with anxiety all his life by Dr Mark Cross
- Balance and Other B.S. by Felicity Harley
- Fragile by Stella O’Malley.
To get started, download the BorrowBox and Libby apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Podcasts to listen to on R U OK? Day:
- Crappy to happy with Cass Dunn
- We need to talk podcast with Ruby Mountford
- The wellness collective with Nat and Ceceilia
- Sarah Grynberg – an honest conversation with Brendan Fevola
Search for these free podcast titles from your preferred podcast provider.
On the web
Check out more resources on the web:
- Stay connected and check in with your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours | RUOK
- Relationships Australia
- Talking to someone you are worried about | Beyond Blue
- Staying connected | Psychology Today
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