R U OK? Day: Start a conversation and help make a difference


Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs and R U OK? Ambassador, Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja is encouraging Australians to take part in R U OK? Day on Thursday 8th September.


“R U OK? Day is a national day of action and a reminder to regularly check in with family, friends and workmates.  I believe that a meaningful conversation is a great starting point to help someone who's struggling,” Senator Seselja said this morning.


“Mental illness affects over half of the Australian population over the course of their lifetime and it is important that we check in with our mates to see how they’re going.”


More than 2,600 Australians commit suicide each year.  That’s about 8 people every day, with men accounting for around 75 per cent of all suicide deaths. 


“I am passionate about changing these statistics but it needs to be a whole community approach.  You don't need to have the answers or the solution to someone's problem. Often just the simple fact that you have taken an interest in how someone's travelling and listened to them without judgement can make a big difference,” Senator Seselja concluded.


R U OK? aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them.  Conversation tips and resources can be found at ruok.org.au.


Some conversations can become too big for family and friends. If you’re worried about someone and feel urgent professional support is needed, contact your local doctor or find details of professional support agencies here.


Media contact: Veronica Hayes 0427 839 164





Media contact: Veronica Hayes 0427 839 164