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This year's message: Are they really ok? Ask them today.

Thursday 9th September 2021 is R U OK day. This year at Emerald Medical Group we are marking the day with kind messages, a morning tea and understanding the importance of asking

those around you if they are really ok? (And a bit of chocolate- who doesn't love chocolate.)

Life's ups and downs happen to all of us and somebody you know might be struggling. Just because somebody is ok one day doesn't necessarily mean that they will be the next day. It is always important to understand that people are going through different things and to be kind - something that we try to practice daily here with our patients and other staff members.

Tips on how to ask:

- Ask are you ok?

- Listen with an open mind.

- Encourage Action.

- Check in.

Not everybody wants to answer the question "Are you really ok?" openly or honestly and that is why it is important, if you think that somebody may be struggling, to suggest these organisations:

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636

MensLine Australia: 1300 789978

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

Open Arms: 1800 011 046

There are more numbers to call and more information on R U OK day if you visit:

You never know how much it might help somebody to just ask the question!

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