The R U OK? Know the Signs tour is coming to Woolgoolga on Saturday.
The R U OK? Know the Signs tour is coming to Woolgoolga on Saturday. Paul Donaldson BUN080916RUOK6

Know the signs someone is struggling with life

TRUST the Signs - a tour staged by R U OK? that's arriving in Woolgoolga on Saturday - follows a national survey which found nearly two-thirds of people are not confident they know the signs of someone struggling with life.

Of those surveyed 41 per cent hadn't asked someone if they were okay because they weren't sure they knew the signs.

But there is hope with almost half believing they'd be more confident starting a conversation if they knew the signs.

The R U OK? tour will travel about 14,000km over the next nine weeks visiting every state and territory and engaging 24 communities in an educational experience.

 

The R U OK? tour is headed to the Coffs Coast this weekend.
The R U OK? tour is headed to the Coffs Coast this weekend. Lachlan McIvor

"We know the majority of Australians believe talking to someone who's struggling can make a difference. But what we're hearing, is that people aren't sure when the right time is to have an R U OK? conversation," R U OK? CEO Katherine Newton said.

"Signs can be subtle changes in verbal or non-verbal behaviour.

"A loved one might tell you they're having difficulty switching off or a mate might be withdrawing from social situations like not turning up to training.

"We're encouraging people to look out for those cues. We can also make a conscious effort when we know someone is going through a significant life change such as job loss, relationship breakdown, study pressure or perhaps becoming a parent."

The tour will hit Woolgoolga on Saturday morning.

The nationwide R U OK? 'Trust the Signs Tour' will visit Woolgoolga this Saturday joined by R U OK? Community Ambassadors and local mental health support services.

R U OK? are encouraging the Woolgoolga community to come down to the Marine Rescue Markets from 9am to 2pm for a free feed, activities for all ages and a chance to learn more about navigating a conversation with someone you're worried about.

 

KNOW THE SIGNS

What are the signs?

 

What they might say:

What they might do:

 

What might be going on in their life:

 

 

 

 

  • Things that sound more confused or irrational
  • Things that indicate a persistent drop in mood
  • Complain they have difficulty switching off
  • They are struggling to see a future
  • They believe they're a burden on others
  • They feel worthless or alone
  • They feel trapped or unbearable pain
  • Talk about death, suicide and wanting to die

 

  • Change their mood or experience extreme mood swings
  • Withdraw or avoid friends, family or social situations
  • Change their online behaviour
  • Not enjoy hobbies or interests they once did
  • Have difficulty concentrating
  • Lose interest in maintaining personal hygiene or appearance
  • Behave recklessly, including increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Change their sleep patterns

 

  • Relationship breakdown
  • Major health issues
  • Work or home stress
  • Financial difficulty
  • Study pressures
  • Loss of someone or something they care about

 

 

Summary of research findings:

In 2019 R U OK? conducted a national omnibus survey that revealed:

  • Approximately two-thirds of people (63%) are not confident they know the signs that someone might be struggling with life
  • 41% hadn't asked someone if they were OK because they weren't sure they knew the signs
  • But there is hope, with nearly 1 in 2 (49%) believing they'd be more confident starting a conversation if they knew the signs

The research was conducted on behalf of R U OK? by Colmar Brunton and via the Colmar Brunton and Your Source Omnibus, which interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,026 Australian adults (aged 18+) in May-June 2019. It excludes people who've participated in the previous three weeks and data is post weighted to ABS proportions. The margin of error associated with the results is +/- 3.0%.



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