Thursday 10 September is #RUOK?Day, and Stockland is encouraging our customers to check in with each other ask ‘‘R U OK?’’.
For Australians, the bushfires, floods and COVID-19 pandemic have had, and continue to have, a significant impact on mental health, so the Stockland CARE Foundation is working with our partner R U OK? to help get the message out.
We want people to know you don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a difference to their life. R U OK? is helping people to knowing what to say when someone says they’re not OK and guide them through how they can continue a conversation that could change a life.
If you are concerned about someone, why not take this chance to sit down and check in with them. Remember, you don’t have to have all the answers, but you can sit and listen, and encourage them to get help if they need it. Right now physical distancing restrictions might mean it’s harder to check in with people, so we’ve partnered with R U OK? to bring you our Connection Cards. You can download a Connection Card and send to a neighbour, friend or family member and offer help and support during this time. There is also an activity sheet you can download to help provide support for those younger people in your life.
If you are struggling, you can reach out to the below services.