Thursday may have been the official R U OK? Day, but the community message is ongoing.
Representatives from Headspace Launceston will continue to promote the mental health initiative through a variety of activities across the next week.
For community liaison officer Alison Filgate, there is never an inappropriate time to ask the question.
“I’m a firm believer that every day should be R U OK? Day,” she said.
“People should always be able to talk to a friend or someone else they are concerned about.
“It only takes a few moments to ask the question and to show that you genuinely care about how they are feeling.
“Once the question has been asked, it is up to us to take the time to listen, show respect and not interrupt.”
Now in it 10th year, R U OK? Day is a national movement designed to encourage friends, families, loved ones and workmates to ask the question of anyone they are worried about, in a genuine and meaningful way.
A survey conducted earlier this year revealed 57 per cent of Australians wanted someone to ask them if they were OK in past 12 months, while 52 per cent thought about asking someone if they were OK at least once, but didn’t.
Mental Health Council of Tasmania chief executive Connie Digolis said it was important to encourage and educate Tasmanians every day about good mental health and wellbeing.
“R U OK? Day is a great opportunity for Tasmanians to stop, check in and connect with friends and family about their mental health and wellbeing,” she said.
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