Posted by Ms Aynslee Bale
on 12 September 2019
Today is R U Ok? day, a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, "Are you ok?" and support those struggling with life's ups and down. This year the promoted message is: Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut and Ask R U OK?
As Lasallians, we are Brothers and Sisters to each other. The essence of this living action is, we belong to a College family, and like family, we are people who: care and connect with each other, show empathy, lend a hand and support wherever we can. Surrounded by many 'brothers and sisters' we are never alone and there is always someone who will listen and help.
This message is a life-skill needing to be promoted with our children. Ironically, in an era with high reliance on social media, research indicates, individuals are feeling more lonely and isolated than before. The R U Ok? website has resources to stimulate conversation with our children, helping them to help their friends if they notice they are worried. The steps they suggest, include:
Ask "Are you ok?" if they notice their friends are worried
Listen carefully without butting in
Encourage Action by going to a trusted adult for help
Check in and see how your friend is in a couple of days
The following clip and song are appropriate to stimulate conversation with our children, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEKhTSagJ3I and https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=173&v=09qk0lXTfi4