In Australia, Today is “R U OK” Day.
The idea behind it is to ask your friends family and those that you show concern for if they really “Are OK” and to prevent the onset of suicide when people havent the ability to reach out and ask for help.
I personally have never been in a situation where the thought of taking my own life has been the only answer to solve the demons that I’ve had. I’ve also had the benefit of my friends and family seeing that I haven’t been myself and have given me the support to see a professional which meant that the Depression and Anxiety that I was diagnosed with last year had a chance to be treated, But just because you are being treated or have had that help it still doesn’t make it disappear completely.
Suicide has occurred four times in my family where my relatives were struck down so badly with their mental health problems they couldn’t see any other way out and were unable to seek help, which is heartbreaking. Suicide is a selfish way to end your life, leaving behind those who are racked with guilt over what should have been and what might have been if they had known the signs.
“R U Ok” Day brings the topic to the forefront of discussion and creates an awareness that for one day of the year opens up our hearts and minds to the behaviorism of those around us.
Remember though, people experiencing these dark thoughts and hard times don’t just experience them on one day of the year. They battle with Mental Health everyday and constantly need to be asked if they are ok. Sometimes they may say “I am OK”, but at other times the answer they give you may be “No, I’m not.” Make sure by asking that you are willing to take on that answer and give the support that you have offered by mentioning those three words.
Just because a person appears to be a ray of light, it may also mean they might be hiding behind the dark.