Australians Encouraged To Offer Listening Ear

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

We’re being urged to ask relatives, friends, and colleagues, ‘Are you okay?’

R U OK? Day was founded by the late Gavin Larkin in 2009, after the shock death of his father in 1995.

The annual campaign encourages Australians to check in with others, and to take action if they’re struggling, in a bid to prevent suicide.

Gavin’s brother Aya has taken over the reigns, and says it’s a day to start a conversation that digs a little deeper.

He says everyone needs support from other people, and encourages everyone to start the conversation with people who we feel might need a listening ear.

He says, ‘You never know how much of a difference you’re making.’

R U OK? Day happens every year on the second Thursday of September.

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