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? Day is held annually. The key message for 2021 is ‘Are they really OK? Ask them today.’

Do you know how the people in your world are really going? Life’s ups and downs happen to all of us. So, chances are someone you know might be struggling. Your genuine support can make a difference whatever they are facing, big or small.

So, don’t wait until someone’s visibly distressed or in crisis. Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going.

If you would like to raise awareness in your Brigade or local area, head to the official R U OK? Day website (https://www.ruok.org.au/) for lots of information and downloadable support materials.

If you need assistance or know someone who does, the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) funds the DFES Wellness Branch to provide holistic support and information to help all Emergency Service Volunteers (including non-DFES managed volunteers such as Bush Fire Brigade volunteers). You can contact the team to find out information on appropriate support services via [email protected]

Likewise, DFES’ Peer Support Programs consists of trained employees and volunteers who can provide you with support and information on health and wellbeing services. Peer Support Officers can be contacted directly via the staff intranet and volunteer hub. Further information can also be found on the DFES Family Support Page.

While the association doesn’t currently have the resources to provide direct support services, we are also a point of call should you or any of your volunteer colleagues need help or support. We can help with general advice, information about local services available for you, and help pull any levers required to get it all connected. Call on 1800 238 657 or email [email protected]

Are they really OK? Ask them today. Your conversation could change a life.