Having good mental wellbeing is just as important as having good physical health but often talking about it can see some people with negative attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental illness. That’s because it is a lack of knowledge and a fear of the unknown.

Anyone can experience mental illness—it’s more common than you may think. So, it’s important that everyone tries to gain a better understanding of what people around us may be going through.

R U OK? Day 2023 is Thursday 14 September and is Australia’s national day of action to remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever you spot the signs that someone you care about might be struggling with life.

Nearly half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life.

Despite this, people living with mental illness will often experience stigma and discrimination from friends, family, employers, and the community.

The way we behave around our family, friends and colleagues living with mental illness can have a big impact on their lives and recovery so it’s important that we show people living with mental illness the same respect and acceptance as everyone else.

On R U OK? Day, and every other day, take these steps to ask. 1: R U OK? – 2: Listen with an open mind – 3: Encourage Action – 4: Check in.

If you or a friend need to talk, remember there is someone ready to listen. Lifeline 13 11 14

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