Ideas for supporting R U OK? Day while physical distancing

| September 9, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us.

The message for tomorrow’s R U OK?Day 2020 is ‘There’s more to say after R U OK?’ We want Australians know what to say when someone says they’re not OK and guide them through how they can continue a conversation that could change a life.

You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.

You can learn what to say at

Ideas for supporting R U OK?Day while physical distancing:

There are a number of ways you can help encourage more life-changing conversations and share the message with your community while physically distancing.

  • Host a digital event. Make use of technology that can bring people together online. People can bring their own treats and conversation starters to the virtual gathering. Register your event and we’ll send you a pack with posters, invitations, conversation tips, etc. to help make it a success. We also have virtual backgrounds available here.

  • Create an online ‘Conversation Corner’. Create a team or group communication channel where you can regularly check in and ask one another, “Are you OK?”. Share conversation tips and help-seeking information so people can confidently navigate a conversation where someone says, “No, I’m not OK.” You can find conversation tips and a conversation guide here.

  • Print and drop resources in places where people will see them (e.g. desks and communal areas). This could include conversation cards, conversation starters or information about planned activities. You can download a number of FREE resources and materials here.

  • Share information via email, social and other online channels. You can find suggested copy and content in our ‘Guide to supporting R U OK?Day’.

  • Create and share content that explains what to say after R U OK?

  • Host a webinar or online discussion exploring what to say after R U OK?

  • Create your own ‘Conversation Starter Packs’ to send to attendees who will be beaming into your virtual event. Items such as an R U OK? mug, conversation cards and tea bags not only help people learn how to navigate a conversation but also helps sustain our work. Visit our online shop here

  • If you’re feeling well and able to support someone practically or emotionally, use our ‘Connection Cards’ to let them know you’re there to help now and for as long as they need: Download connection cards.

While getting creative and organising your activities, it’s important to refer to official government information and guidelines to ensure you have COVID safe procedures in place.

By learning what to say after R U OK? and sharing the message in your workplace or community, you can help more Australians support anyone who might be struggling with life.

For more information or to download our FREE R U OK?Day resources visit