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September 11, 2020

JNC on R U OK Day

R U OK Day, 10 September, offered JNC an opportunity to find out about reaching out to people who aren’t feeling OK. The team came together online for a staff meeting focused on learnings from R U OK Day.

“The most powerful message we came away with,” says JNC General Manager Janet Green, “is that R U OK Day should not just be a single day in the year. Every day we should be asking ‘Are you okay?’

“Every day we should be taking note when people around us, at home and at work, don’t seem OK. The excellent resources from RU OK Day help us to approach people who seem to be struggling.  They guide us in approaching those people, and in offering support.”

R U OK Day support

 “These were the steps RU OK Day recommends,” says Green.

  • Start the conversation with someone who doesn’t seem OK
  • Listen with empathy
  • Encourage the person either to take action to get support – or let someone else help them to do this
  • Check in and see how the person is going.”

“The RU OK? Day resources take you through these steps, with many practical examples. They also offer specific suggestions for different areas of your life: work, community, school and more,” Green advises.

Find the resources at this link .

Other support

Here are other ways to access support when someone’s struggling.

Phone support

These phone numbers will connect you to immediate support if someone’s not feeling OK.

  • Emergency ambulance/police 000
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call-back Service 1300 659 467
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Helpful websites

Support services

JNC’s crisis directory will assist you to connect with support in these areas:

  • Emergency Assistance & Food
  • Emergency Accommodation
  • Financial Counselling, Legal Advice & Low Interest Loans
  • Emergency Telephone Support
  • Mental Health Support.

Support for staying connected

Connecting with other people is a good way to feel OK. JNC programs and groups can help people stay connected with their community. See this link for what’s on offer.

Every day should be RU OK Day.