RUOK? was founded by Gavin Larkin and Janina Nearn after they collaborated to create a documentary aimed at raising awareness around suicide prevention.
They quickly realised though that in order to genuinely change behaviour Australia-wide, that a national campaign was needed. It was from this realisation that R U OK? was born.
R U OK?'s vision is a world where all people are connected and are protected from suicide.
Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
Since their creation they have worked tirelessly to develop meaningful and engaging resources that support Australians to implement their 4 potentially life-saving principles;
ASK – LISTEN – ENCOURAGE - FOLLOW UP
Their message is simple and effective, if you notice that someone seems to be having a hard time or if your gut tells you that someone is not ok, then ask – RUOK?
It is their belief that by starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up.
Apart from encouraging all Australians to ask that all important question, RUOK? also provide many tips and guides around what to do next, particularly if a friend, family member or colleague does disclose that they are feeling overwhelmed or struggling with any aspect of their life.
It is ALWAYS ok to ask.
To learn more about how to start a conversation with someone you might be worried about, to learn how you can get involved or to access great free resources for your school, work place or community group please head to;