How Australian radio tackled R U OK? Day in 2020
R U OK? Day was established in 2009, and over the last decade has continued to encourage Aussies to push past stigmas associated with mental health, to start up a potentially life-changing conversation.
The R U OK? charity encourages people to start meaningful connections with others, and with being an aural medium, the day is frequently spotlighted across networks Australia-wide.
Here is how Aussie radio covered R U OK? Day on Thursday, September 10.
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NEWFM became R U OK? FM on Thursday from 6am, sharing stories, messages of support, information on how to get, or indeed give help to people around in the community.
“We are so proud to be delivering this important message to Newcastle and The Hunter especially in these very trying times when many people would feel alone and like they have no one to talk too. There is always someone willing to listen!” Matty from the NOVOS said.
ARN’s KIIS 106.5 Sydney and KIIS 101.1 Melbourne are going silent for 10 seconds every hour today, as a reminder to check in on friends, family and colleagues.
“‘R U OK?’ is more than just a question, it’s an opportunity for mates to speak about things that actually matter,” Kyle Sandilands said.
“Checking in with the people we love is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It leaves both people glowing with a sense of assurance and connection. Tragically however, sometimes not checking in with those around us can have devastating consequences,” Will McMahon added.
Today is R U OK Day and we are going silent to encourage you not to be! #KIIS1065 will go silent for 10 seconds every hour today to remind you to ask someone, "R U OK?" ❤️ Who will you ask? #RUOKDay
Posted by KIIS 1065 on Thursday, 3 September 2020
The CEO of R U OK? Day, Katherine Newton, spoke with the Hit Network about how people can actively and meaningfully support those around them, whether it’s expected, unexpected, online or in person.
Will & Woody
Will & Woody re-shared a heartfelt chat they had in 2019 about depression.
Last year, best mates Will & Woody sat down to talk about Will's depression.Tomorrow is R U OK Day, a great chance to check in with your friends and family, and remember, a conversation can save a life! If you're ever feeling down, the following organisations are there to help:Lifeline –> lifeline.org.au (or call 13 11 14)headspace –> eheadspace.org.auBeyond Blue –> beyondblue.org.au
Posted by Will and Woody on Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Fitzy & Wippa
Kevin Heath from R U OK? Day joined Fitzy & Wippa to talk about saying “I love you” to a mate.
Jimmy & Nath
Hit Hobart’s Jimmy & Nath caught up with several local experts as well as people associated with R U OK?
They spoke with Mitch McPherson, founder of Hobart charity SPEAK UP Stay ChatTY, and the Tasmanian R U OK? ambassador. Mitch lost his younger brother to suicide in 2014 and Stay ChatTY was started in his memory. In the chat, Mitch outlines how important days like R U OK? Day are, and shares the story of his brother.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please contact:
Support Act Wellbeing Helpline: 1800 959 500
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467