Asking R U OK? in rural and remote areas

There’s a lot of good things about living and working outside Australia’s bigger towns and cities, but it also has its unique challenges.

Fewer services, isolation and extreme weather events are just a few of the things that can be harder to deal with out here. In rural and remote areas there can also be a ‘toughen up’ culture where it’s not always easy to talk about the things that keep us awake at night or give us the confidence to ask a mate if everything is OK. That’s why the ‘Mateship Manual’ was developed. To help those in rural and remote areas support their mates and loved ones doing it tough.

Sometimes it’s up to us to trust our gut instinct and ask someone who may be struggling with life, “Are you OK?”. By asking and listening, we can help our mates and loved ones feel more supported and connected long before they even think about suicide. It’s something we can all do by following a few simple steps.


Download your FREE copy now so you can:

  • Learn the signs that someone might be struggling
  • Be confident in asking R U OK?
  • Provide support

R U OK? is pleased to provide the R U OK? Mateship Manual FREE of charge at

R U OK? can also offer physical copies within Australia free of charge at the R U OK? Merchandise Store.

How you can Support Someone affected by a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters and emergencies disrupt lives and routines. When things around us change, we change too – and what that means for us emotionally is different for everyone.

The environmental impact of the event might be immediate, as it is with flood or bushfire, but it might also develop over time, as it does with drought. Depending on what people are already dealing with in their lives, the emotional impact can be difficult for people to cope with both in the short and longer term.

The new R U OK? Mateship Manual provides guidance and tips to help you support a family member, friend, neighbour or workmate affected by a natural disaster or an emergency now and into the future.

To learn the signs that someone might be struggling and how to ask them “are you OK?” and provide support download your free digital copy at

Asking R U OK?

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R U OK? is a public health promotion charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives. Our work focuses on building the motivation, confidence and skills of the help-giver – the person who can have a meaningful conversation with someone who is struggling with life.

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