Today 10th September 2020 marks “R U OK?” day in Australia; an awareness campaign encouraging people to engage in the conversation about mental health.
In the current climate of COVID-19, there is no better time to ask “Are you okay?”. Many people have experienced issues that have negatively impacted their well-being and mental health. Today reminds us to look around us and ask the next person “Are you okay?”
By asking someone the question “Are you Okay?” and listening to their answer, we can begin the healing process for them.
Everyone and anyone could be dealing with something.
There are many people carrying pain beneath their smiles. You just might not know until you ask.
“Even the brightest smile could have wrinkles within its confines” (AAP, 2020).
If you are in some form of pain, begin your healing process by sharing with someone. While I admit that it could be hard, all you need to do is just TRY. Help is around you.