R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide.
We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge the world over. And the environment of sport is no exception. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions - “Are you OK?” And that’s where the work of R U OK?is so important in helping foster welcoming environments. Key to creating a welcoming environment is how much a club cares about its members and volunteers and how much it connects with them and are in tune with their mental wellbeing.
R U OK? have recognised the importance and power of sport to foster a culture of respect, trust and authenticity through the launch of the Hey Sport, R U OK? initiative which is being backed by the QBE Foundation.
First a little about R U OK?:
Hey Sport, R U OK? is a campaign to benefit all participants, officials, administrators and supporters across the grassroots sporting community. The first phase of the campaign provides resources and tips for coaches to help them build an R U OK? Culture to support their athletes and players.
An R U OK? Culture is one built on mutual respect, trust, authenticity and a willingness to support those in your world who might be struggling.
The resources will help coaches spot the signs that someone might be struggling and provide tips to guide them through what to say and do in the event one of their athletes is not OK.
Good performance in sport comes from good planning, preparation and practice. Coaches can use these same three principles to embed an R U OK? Culture.
Download the Hey Sport, R U OK? toolkit for materials and resources that can help you build a culture of respect, trust, authenticity and a willingness to support those who might be struggling with life.
What's in the toolkit?
An R U OK? Round is a great way to enlist support from your sporting community to trust the signs, ask “Are you OK?” and start a conversation that could change, or even save, a life.
You can download the Hey Sport, R U OK? Guide to Hosting an R U OK? Round for ideas, tips and more to help you host a meaningful event.
Regardless of what it says in the coaching manual, it’s likely that at some stage every coach will be called on to be an ‘accidental counsellor’.
To help you know when and learn how to ask, “Are you OK?”, R U OK? have developed a practical conversation guide that also includes information on how to respond appropriately to anyone who says, “No. I’m not OK.”