Know the signs someone is struggling with life
TRUST the Signs - a tour staged by R U OK? that's arriving in Woolgoolga on Saturday - follows a national survey which found nearly two-thirds of people are not confident they know the signs of someone struggling with life.
Of those surveyed 41 per cent hadn't asked someone if they were okay because they weren't sure they knew the signs.
But there is hope with almost half believing they'd be more confident starting a conversation if they knew the signs.
The R U OK? tour will travel about 14,000km over the next nine weeks visiting every state and territory and engaging 24 communities in an educational experience.
"We know the majority of Australians believe talking to someone who's struggling can make a difference. But what we're hearing, is that people aren't sure when the right time is to have an R U OK? conversation," R U OK? CEO Katherine Newton said.
"Signs can be subtle changes in verbal or non-verbal behaviour.
"A loved one might tell you they're having difficulty switching off or a mate might be withdrawing from social situations like not turning up to training.
"We're encouraging people to look out for those cues. We can also make a conscious effort when we know someone is going through a significant life change such as job loss, relationship breakdown, study pressure or perhaps becoming a parent."
The tour will hit Woolgoolga on Saturday morning.
The nationwide R U OK? 'Trust the Signs Tour' will visit Woolgoolga this Saturday joined by R U OK? Community Ambassadors and local mental health support services.
R U OK? are encouraging the Woolgoolga community to come down to the Marine Rescue Markets from 9am to 2pm for a free feed, activities for all ages and a chance to learn more about navigating a conversation with someone you're worried about.
KNOW THE SIGNS
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Summary of research findings:
In 2019 R U OK? conducted a national omnibus survey that revealed:
- Approximately two-thirds of people (63%) are not confident they know the signs that someone might be struggling with life
- 41% hadn't asked someone if they were OK because they weren't sure they knew the signs
- But there is hope, with nearly 1 in 2 (49%) believing they'd be more confident starting a conversation if they knew the signs
The research was conducted on behalf of R U OK? by Colmar Brunton and via the Colmar Brunton and Your Source Omnibus, which interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,026 Australian adults (aged 18+) in May-June 2019. It excludes people who've participated in the previous three weeks and data is post weighted to ABS proportions. The margin of error associated with the results is +/- 3.0%.