A sobering statistic is that each year, more than 3,000 Australians commit suicide. That’s about eight people every day. In the lead up to national R U OK? Day – this year on September 14 – Flight Centre Foundation (FCF) is proud to announce its support for Australia’s foremost suicide prevention charity and the important work they are doing.
What Is R U OK? Day?
R U OK? Day is an Australia-wide reminder that we’ve all got what it takes to ask “Are you OK?” and support those struggling with life. For most of us, our eyes, ears and mouths are the resources we can use to support those around us. R U OK?’s aim is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them, enabling and strengthening informal community care.
Responding To Someone Who Is Not OK
It’s confronting for many people to even think about asking R U OK? and part of this apprehension revolves around what to do if someone answers “No”. To help people overcome their fear of how to best look after a person who is struggling, R U OK? has sought expert advice and developed a four-step strategy to guide people through a conversation.
1. Ask R U OK?
3. Encourage action
4. Check in
A Conversation Could Change A Life
To promote understanding and kick-start essential conversations, R U OK? has launched The Conversation Convoy, a six-week journey around Australia which will cover 14,000 kilometres and visit 20 communities. The R U OK? Conversation Convoy aims to inspire every Australian to invest more time in the people around them and give them the skills, motivation and confidence to start a conversation with anyone they may be worried about.
If you want to help people who may be struggling with life, here’s how:
- Make a gift directly to R U OK?
- Meet up with The Conversation Convoy or host your own R U OK? event.
- Make a gift to the Flight Centre Foundation. All of the Foundation’s operating costs are covered by the Flight Centre Travel Group, maximizing the impact of your donation. Donations support R U OK? and the Foundation’s other charity partners.