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A conversation could change a life.

Thursday 8 September 2022


Bayside City Council supports R U OK? Day, a day that inspires and empowers everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them. We are asking everyone to check in, connect and start a conversation with your family, friends, work colleagues and those who may be struggling.

This Thursday 8 September (and every day) it’s important to connect and ask people, “are you okay?” 

You don't need to be an expert to reach out - just a good friend and a great listener. 

How to ask R U OK?

Got a feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it. 

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not OK, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are OK, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.

Use these four steps and have a conversation that could change a life:

1. Ask R U OK? 

2. Listen 

3. Encourage action 

4. Check in

Make every day R U OK? Day -  a conversation could change a life.

Library book list on mental health

For R U OK? Day, the amazing Bayside Library Services team have put together a book list in support of mental health. 

R U OK? Day library book list

Where to receive further support 

If you're in danger call 000 
13 11 14 for 24/7 Crisis Support 

Beyond Blue
1300 22 4636
24/7 for advice, referral and support from a trained mental health professional 

Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800
24/7 private and confidential phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 

1800 650 890
Support and information for young people 12-25 for mental health and what's going on in their life 

Find more support services: visit R U OK? and contact Bayside City Council 9599 4444 or by email to

If you are in an emergency or need urgent assistance, contact emergency services on 000. If you need to speak to someone immediately, you can contact Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.   

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