Thursday, 10 September 2020 14:32

R U OK?

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2020RUOKWeb374Today in Australia is R U OK? Day. It is our national day of action when Australians are reminded that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs.

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us.

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.

In the Social Justice Statement, 'To Live Life to the Full: Mental Health in Australia Today', the Catholic Bishops of Australia encourage faith communities, governments and each one of us, to make mental health a priority.

"We want to say clearly that mental ill-health is not a moral failure, the result of a lack of faith, or of weak will. Jesus himself was labelled mad (Mark 3:21; John 10:19) and, like us, he suffered psychological distress (Luke 22:44; Matt 26:37; Mark 14:33; John 12:27). People experiencing mental ill-health are not some ‘other’ people, they are ‘us’. People in our families, faith communities, workplaces and society are suffering mental ill-health – and they can be of any age or socioeconomic background. Whoever and whatever they are, they need our understanding and support."

Read the Bishop's Statement: pdf To (1.94 MB) pdf Live Life to the Full (1.94 MB)

 

 

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