This year’s RU OK? Day theme was “Are they really OK?. It encouraged a deeper conversation and asked for regular follow up if we are concerned about a friend or family member.
It is more than a token gesture offered on one day of the year. It is a reminder that we sometimes have no idea what is going on for some people and the simple act of asking, RU OK? Might just change someone’s life. This is even more true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Family members, someone from your community, a friend, neighbour, team mate or workmate won’t always tell you if they are doing it tough. Sometimes it’s up to us to trust our gut instinct and ask someone who may be struggling with life “are you OK?”, in our own way.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples share a special connection to this country and to each other, through our cultures, communities and shared experiences. Regardless of where we live, or who our mob is, we all go through tough times, times when we don’t feel great about our lives or ourselves. That’s why it’s important to always be looking out for each other. Because we're Stronger Together.
To acknowledge the importance of RU OK? Day, both the Collie and Manjimup offices of Down South Aboriginal Health held morning teas to bring community together and to help people feel comfortable about starting that conversation. Members of each community shared a cuppa and also took away some valuable information about to ask – RU OK?
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.