R U Ok?
R U Ok day is a national campaign in Australia bringing awareness to suicide prevention. R U Ok encourages people to check in and ask the question, start a conversation. A conversation which just might change someone’s mind about taking their lives.
People with a chronic illness like that of Multiple Sclerosis, are more susceptible to anxiety and depression. We are more likely to become isolated from our friends, family and public in general.
As someone who has lost family to suicide and have been touched by people who have Multiple Sclerosis and chosen that they could fight no longer and have made the heartbreaking choice of suicide, this campaign is an important day for me.
No matter how strong, brave, or inspirational a person may seem, we are all battling against the uncertainty that comes with a diagnosis of an incurable disease. We are all vulnerable to the dark moments that creep into our daily lives. For some those dark moments remain, and we are unable to find the light.
So today I ask you R U OK?
Its ok, to not to be ok, and if you are feeling this way I urge you to talk about it, for there are better days, no matter how hard the days feel now.
On this R U Ok day, reach out, have a cuppa, check in, close the gap. Start the conversation.
If you are struggling with mental illness, please contact someone, there are services there to help you.
https://www.lifeline.org.au/ - 13 11 14
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ - 1300 22 4636