2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and be willing to support those around us.
#RUOKDay is on Thursday 10 September and is a reminder that a conversation could change a life. This year we are learning what to say after R U OK? so we can keep the conversation going when someone says “No, I’m not OK”. Resources are available at www.ruok.org.au
#RUOK is an important question but there’s more to say after R U OK? If someone says they’re not OK, make time to listen, encourage action and check-in. That conversation could change, or even save, their life.
You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life
Coles Little Athletics Australia encourages all coaches, officials, athletes and our Little Athletics community to take time on Thursday 10 September to reflect on R U OK? Day and how we each make time in our relationships for asking R U OK? and remember, there is more to say after R U OK?
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People are also encouraged to learn what to say after R U OK? and download R U OK? resources from ruok.org.au for tips and ideas to help them share the message in their community.
Useful contacts for someone who is not OK – Encourage them to talk to a trusted health professional or call on these Australian crisis lines and professionals:
Hey Sport, R U OK? is a campaign to benefit all participants, officials, administrators and supporters across the grassroots sporting community. The first phase of the campaign provides resources and tips for coaches to help them build an R U OK? Culture to support their athletes and players.
An R U OK? Culture is one built on mutual respect, trust, authenticity and a willingness to support those in your world who might be struggling.
The resources will help coaches spot the signs that someone might be struggling and provide tips to guide them through what to say and do in the event one of their athletes is not OK.
Good performance in sport comes from good planning, preparation and practice. Coaches can use these same three principles to embed an R U OK? Culture.
Download our toolkit for materials and resources that can help you build a culture of respect, trust, authenticity and a willingness to support those who might be struggling with life.