Two weeks ago we ‘celebrated” R U OK Day. Founded by Australian ad man Gavin Larkin in 2009 R U OK Day has unequivocally proven the power of asking, listening, supporting and checking in with people who may be living on life’s edge. It can be attributed to saving millions of lives every year while building stronger connections and bonds between people at all levels of work, home and community. Recently celebrated, always remembered.
These simple four letters R U OK have meant people can connect and communicate knowing those who ask give a damn. Now we are coming up to Mental Health Week and it’s a no brainer that these two events connect. So let’s go one step further and imagine how much more powerful if we could now change the order of the letters and tell those in our lives “U R OK” more often!
Not only will it contribute to building their self worth and esteem but perhaps even minimize greater stresses and mental health issues associated with feelings of anxiety or inadequacy. Imagine how much better will we feel knowing we too have made a positive difference. After all, we have a duty of care to keep our people both physically and mentally safe and well at work and home.
Ricky specialises in building top performing teams and individuals for many of Australia, New Zealand and Asia's leading organisations, and is an energetic motivational conference speaker, corporate trainer and executive coach.