On R U OK? Day, the second Thursday of September each year, Australians ask the direct question of friends, family and sometimes strangers: Are they ok? The day is designed to create opportunities to start the conversation about mental health. There have been mixed responses to the day. Some feel it severely minimises the experience of mental illness, others feel it is a positive step for the community.
LAURA SMITH and JAZMINE HUGGINS spent time reimagining the R U OK? Day message, discussing the concerns and spitballing how they could deliver an alternate, but similar message.