Thursday 14th September is ROUK Day in Australia. In a world that can be difficult at times, this day is quite simply a designated day to ask peers whether they are ok.
It’s become common for many student leadership groups to host school events for RUOK Day, some of which we have highlighted on this website. Everything from wearing yellow shirts, cupcakes, concerts, posters… the list goes on.
There are 2 important thing that shouldn’t be forgotten….
The first important thing is to actually stop and seriously ask the question of others ‘are you ok’? It’s not always easy to ask. There are some good tips for doing this on the RUOK website.
The second important thing is to be prepared to help them if they answer ‘no I’m not’ or ‘I’m not sure’.
If you get this kind of answer, don’t shrug it off. There are important steps to take. The best step is to get the help of adults. In a school setting this is normally a teacher, and in some schools there might be a designated counselor. In some situations, if it feels messy and it’s hard to get hold of an adult, then call Lifeline on 13 11 14, that’s what they are there for.
Enjoy the buzz of RUOK day, and we look forward to bringing you news of great events here on this site soon.