Our Support For RU OK? Day 2019

Posted on August 18 2019

Our Support For RU OK? Day 2019

It's fair to say life has its ups and downs.

No matter what walk of life you are from we all know that at times life can be challenging.

A staggering one in five Australians will battle some form of mental illness during their lifetime.

We all require strong support systems around us to pull us through the challenging times, whether it be friends, family or work colleagues.

However, most of us are often caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life to stop and think about how those around us may be feeling, or the external pressures that individuals may be under.

At Able & Co we believe it is extremely important to be an official supporter of this year's RU OK? Day on Thursday, 12th September 2019.

RU OK? has been fantastic in helping individuals struggling with life's demands to speak up and start a conversation, RU OK? Day brings communities together to raise funds and encourage people to ask their mates "are you okay?".

It's a day that aims to hold a mirror to one of Australia's most silent pandemics and give communities the authority to start a simple conversation with their peers. 

This year, Able & Co have committed to donate 10% of all sales on 12th September to the charity which hopes to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

Managing Director for Able & Co, Tom Elliott was delighted the organisation could be part of raising awareness for the charity.

“Our friends, family members and workmates face life’s up’s and downs every day of the year.”

“As someone whose family has been personally affected by suicide, we felt as a brand it was necessary to widen the message as much as we could.” Mr. Elliott said.

“At Able & Co we encourage our customers to live life able and be the best version of themselves they can be, but the reality is many people are too scared to speak out about the issues they face on a daily basis.”

“We're hoping the money we raise can help R U OK? to continue to spread the word that speaking up and checking on your mates or members of the community is ok to do in our society.”

National suicide prevention charity R U OK? is working to inspire everyone, no matter their location, to invest more time in the people around them and give them the skills, motivation and confidence to start a conversation with anyone who might be doing it tough.CEO R U OK? Katherine Newton said, “We know that some conversations can be really tough. But in reality, you don’t have to be an expert to ask the question.

Asking shows someone you care about them and that can make a really positive difference in their life and be a stepping stone to accessing appropriate support long before they’re in crisis.

Community events are a great way to promote these 4 Steps to navigating that conversation:

Ask R U OK?, Listen, Encourage action and Check in,” she said.

Conversation tips and crisis numbers can be found at ruok.org.au

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