Return to news


Feb 15, 2020


R U OK?Day 2020


R U OK?Day 2020

A conversation can change a life. This year has shown everyone the importance of staying connected. The message for “R U OK?Day” in 2020 is “There is more to say after R U OK?”.

It isn’t easy to keep the conversation going when someone says they are not OK. But, by knowing what to say, you can help someone feel supported and access the help they need, long before they’re in crisis.

Help make a positive impact in someone’s life.

Research has shown that approximately 2 out of 3 people are not confident they know the signs someone might be struggling.  41% of people hadn’t asked someone if they were OK because they weren’t sure they knew the signs. But! Almost 1 in 2 people believe they will have the confidence to start a conversation if they knew the signs.

Tips on how to help someone you think may be struggling:

1. Ask R U OK?

Be relaxed and friendly with your approach. Help them open up by asking questions “How are you going?” and mention specific things that have made you concerned for them.

2. Listen with an open mind

Take what they say seriously and don’t rush the conversation. Don’t judge them but acknowledge that things seem tough for them. Encourage them to explain and sit their patiently if there is silence.

3. Encourage action

Encourage them to see a health professional if they’ve been down for some time. Be positive about the role of professionals in getting them through tough times.

4. Check in

Remember to call and follow-up with them. Stay in touch and be there for them. Care and concern from someone can make a real difference.

There are plenty of resources and information on

Click on the link to learn more and see how you can help.

Beneco specialises in return to work services for employers, employees and insurance agencies. Beneco uses innovative thinking to individualise back-to-work strategies that are sustainable across a variety of different environments.

Other articles you might be interested in


Jun 27, 2023

The Value Of Learning About Pain

Pain education is a popular approach for persistent pain. This involves learning and provision of education on a variety of pain concepts that are thought to be important to a persons recovery.

Read more

Jan 23, 2023

My Doctor told me to rest...

If you are injured or in the early stages of recovery, do you think it is better to rest or to move? The common belief that if you are injured you are best off resting and staying still so you don’t do any further damage. However, there is lots of scientific research to suggest otherwise.

Read more

Mar 31, 2022

Is surgery doing more harm than good?

The big unknown is that many common orthopaedic surgeries are not better for reducing pain that non-surgical options. There are alternatives that are cheaper, and safer – such as exercise programs. A recent article looked at 3 of the most common orthopaedic surgeries that may be doing more harm than good and costing people more than just their money.

Read more