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R U really OK?

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Bayside City Council supports R U OK? Day and this year more than ever, we are asking everyone to check in, connect and start a conversation with your family, friends, work colleagues and those around you who may be struggling.

On R U OK? Day, Thursday 9 September, and every day, it’s important to connect and ask people, “are you really okay?” – ask them today. Having that one conversation could make all the difference to someone right now.  

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. 

Browse & Borrow books on mental health

How to ask a friend R U OK?

How do you have a conversation with a friend when something doesn't seem right with them? Watch this video to pick up some tips on how to help a friend in need.

Having this conversation may be a little awkward, but most people appreciate the sentiment of a friend checking in on them. You do not need to be an expert to ask if your friend is alright, just be their mate and listen to how they are going. The R U OK? Day website has heaps more interactive videos including how to be a good mate showing how young people can check in with a friend and how to get the conversation started: 

1. Ask R U OK? 

2. Listen 

3. Encourage action 

4. Check in

Wellness tips

One way we can check in on ourselves and our friends is by making sure when we are feeling down, we do something positive that can help our mood. We asked a few young people in Bayside how they pick themselves up when they are feeling down and they let us know their tips:

"When I'm feeling down, I paint and create models."

"When I am struggling the main thing I do is spend time with my family and watch something light-hearted to get my mind off the situation.

"When I’m feeling stressed about something I usually go for a walk and listen to my favourite podcasts or music.

"When I'm feeling down, I like to listen to meditations or sound baths and write in a journal."

If you are feeling the tips are not working and you or your friend is still feeling down, or needs to talk to an expert, help is available. See below for professional contacts.

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: ruok.org.au/findhelp and contact Bayside City Council 9599 4444 or by email to relief [at] bayside.vic.gov.au

Finally, if you are ever interested in social connections, volunteering or where to access help in Bayside, you can ask a friendly youth worker on the “I’m a Youth Worker Ask Me Anything” webpage: bayside.vic.gov.au/im-youth-worker-ask-me-anything Please note this is not a crisis service. 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.