Hey Sport, RUOK ?

Hey Sport, RUOK ?

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In today’s society, mental health has become an extremely important topic that has been
brought to light over the last few years. Our understanding and acknowledgement of what
mental illness truly is has developed to a level where it’s something that gains a lot of focus
and attention due to its prominence in just about all individuals.

Given the affect it has on the world, many organisations dedicate their time to helping this
cause for everyone, because having a mental health problem can affect anyone; it does not

Arguably, the biggest organisation that dedicates their time to mental health in Australia is R
U OK? R U OK? is a harm prevention charity that encourages people to stay connected and
have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives.

R U OK? contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging people to invest more
time in their personal relationships and building the capacity of informal support networks
– friends, family and colleagues – to be alert to those around them, have a conversation if
they identify signs of distress or difficulty and connect someone to appropriate support,
long before they’re in crisis.

Their vision is to live in a world where we are all connected and are protected from suicide
and their mission is to inspire and empower people to meaningfully connect with those in
their world and lend support when they are struggling with life.
Ultimately, they encourage individuals to ask three words to anyone that they think might
be struggling; are (R) you (U) okay (OK)?

R U OK has developed a new campaign that partners with the QBE Foundation called, Hey
Sport, R U OK? The campaign hopes to equip anyone within the grassroots sport’s
community, including participants, coaches and supporters to have a conversation.

They believe that everyone has a role to play in building an R U OK? Culture. Hey Sport, R U
OK? provides FREE resources for coaches, administrators, officials, volunteers and
participants to help them build an R U OK? Culture so everyone in their sporting community
feels connected and supported.

The practical tools and tips will help you spot the signs that someone might be struggling
with life’s ups and downs and help you know when and how to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and have a
meaningful conversation that could change, or even save a life.

R U OK? has developed resources to empower everyone in sporting teams, clubs and
organisations with the knowledge and confidence to check in with someone in their sporting
world who might be doing it tough. These resources include activity sheets, digital resources
that are shareable, posters, practical guides for coaches, building an R U OK? Culture for
sporting communities and videos. All you need to do is register to join the community and
download the free resources.

Visit RUOK sport to sign up and receive them. On this website, you can
also find the ten principles that are your guide to the values and behaviours of an R U OK?

Sports Community strongly encourages anyone within the sporting sector to take advantage
of these awesome free resources from R U OK and can utilise them to build an R U OK?
Culture to ensure everyone within your club is feeling well, safe and can be confident to
speak up if they are struggling because there is no shame in having a mental health