Who will you ask?
It seems hard to believe that tomorrow is RUOK?Day after all the planning.
You may have seen the very moving tribute to Gavin Larkin – the founder of RUOK?Day – on last Monday night’s Australian Story. It has had a massive impact.
At the end of this email Prime Minister Julia Gillard and actor Hugh Jackman encourage people to ask RUOK?.
Think of those around you that may be having a tough time. They may be going through divorce, lost a loved one, or just been retrenched. Just reaching out to them and offering support and asking RUOK? can make a huge difference. I know.
About a week ago, I was contacted by Kirsty Chick, an energetic lady whose mother had struggled with bipolar. Although Kirsty’s mother had passed away some time back she was immediately touched by the RUOK?Day concept and decided she wanted to do something special to celebrate the day. Being a film maker she realized the potential of social media. I connected her with a friend of mine Glenn Capelli, who with his friend Steve Woodsey had been inspired to write an RUOK? song and teach people to how to “sing” the “Are you OK” message using sign language.
Fast forward a week and Kirsty has secured Chris Sebastian (who has struggled with depression) the brother of singer Guy, to lead a FLASHMOB in Bourke St Melbourne opposite Myers, and sing Glenn’s RUOK?Day song. Glenn will coach everyone 🙂
They have set up a Facebook Page especially to help organise it. If you can attend fantastic. If not, then why not encourage your Melbourne friends to attend. Wear something yellow.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard: “The cost of suicide to individuals, families, communities and Australia as a nation is immeasurable. Sadly, most Australians have personal experience with the tragedy that is suicide and wish they could have done something to help. It is empowering to know that a friendly question can act as suicide prevention…. I congratulate the organisers of R U OK?Day on another successful campaign and I encourage all Australians to turn to the person next to them on Thursday 15 September and ask the question – Are you ok?”
Actor Hugh Jackman: “Looking out for our mates is one of the foundations our country was built on. In 2011, R U OK?Day gives us all a chance to stop and really connect with our friends to see if they need our support. For some people it is hard to ask for that help, so let’s all take a step closer to those we know and ask one simple question “Are you ok?”