Are they really ok? Ask them today.

Got a feeling that someone you know or care about isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts – more agitated or withdrawn – or they’re just not themselves. Today we are being reminded to trust that gut instinct and ask, “R U OK?

As a safety-first organisation with a Culture of Care, Nutrien Ag Solutions is encouraging employees to embrace this nationwide initiative and consider having these important conversations at work, at home and in their community.

“With all the ups and downs of the past 18 months there is a chance we all know someone who might be struggling,” says Shelley Nolan, Nutrien Ag Solutions Senior Director Human Resources.

“It’s important we look out for each other, and that includes being ready to have an ‘R U OK’ conversation. I encourage everyone  to learn the signs of emotional distress, watch for them and be prepared to take action.”

R U OK Day is an annual suicide prevention campaign held on the second Thursday of September in Australia. Driven by research asserting that communication with people can positively impact their mental health, R U OK’s tagline is, “A conversation could change a life.

Members of the community are encouraged to visit the R U OK? website, learn how to ask and take the quiz. There’s also an extensive find help page with resources you can turn to if the person says they’re not OK.

“Having these conversations at the right time and in the right way is hugely important, and can make a positive difference,” says Ms Nolan.

“It’s also really important we recognise when we need to reach out and talk to someone ourselves. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your friend, family or colleague, professional help is always available."

24/7 crisis support, mental health organisations:

  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
  • MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78

“No one should have to go through tough times alone, so let’s all be part of the solution and get these conversations started – today, and every other day,” says Ms Nolan.