RU OK Day 2023

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Posted 2023-08-16 by Gillian Chingfollow
Check in with family, friends and those struggling with life by checking on their well-being on national RU OK Day on Thursday 14 September 2023.

R U OK? is an Australian public health promotion charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives. RU OK Day was started in 2009 by Gavin Larkin after his father, Barry Larkin, passed from suicide.

This year's RU ok Day theme is "I'm here to hear" to encourage conversations that:
  • Ask
  • Listen
  • Encourage Action
  • Check in

  • Why RU Day matters
    Concerningly the prevalence of mental health in Australia is a major issue, making occasions like RU OK Day all the more important.

    In measuring the extent of the issue, The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has reported that:

  • Over 2 in 5 (44%, or 8.6 million) Australians aged 16–85 are estimated to have experienced a mental disorder at some time in their life, with 1 in 5 (21%, or 4.2 million) having experienced a mental disorder in the previous 12 months.

  • Anxiety disorders (such as Social Phobia) are the most common type of disorder, affecting 1 in 6 (17%, or 3.3 million) Australians, followed by Affective disorders (such as Depressive Episodes) (8%), and Substance Use disorders (such as Alcohol Dependence) (3.%).

  • Almost 1 in 7 (14%) children and adolescents aged 4–17 years are estimated to have experienced a mental illness in the previous 12 months.

  • 5% or 800,000 people are estimated to have a severe mental illness, of which 500,000 people have episodic mental illness and 300,000 have persistent mental illness.

  • Mental and substance use disorders were the second largest contributor (24%) of the non-fatal burden of disease in Australia.

  • Things you can do
    So, what can we all do this RU OK Day to make a difference at the individual and national level?

    Host an event
    You might like to organise a get-together for your workplace, school, or community group whether it is a morning tea, a barbeque or lunch.

    Ask the question, RU OK? and start a conversation
    Reaching out to someone might make an enormous difference to their well-being.


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