Two important items were on my calender for Thursday,13th of September, 2012.
A persuasive speech (5 minutes with no visual aids) and R U OK? Day.
Obviously, I decided to marry the two items and present a piece that was powerful and friendly.
Regrettably, I only wrote the piece on the train into uni so I did not have any hard facts on national suicide or relevant data to back up my presentation.
My presentation went for approximately three minutes and was in the tone of,
“Talk to that girl you only smile at in the hall way.
Ask your best friend is she Ok?”
My point was “Are you ok? Are you really ok? How do you know that person over there needs someone to talk to?”
I know on that particular day I was not ok and all I wanted was a big hug and an ok?
And then I would of broken down in tears (so it probably is a good thing that I wasn’t asked).
Anyway, I was a bit ashamed of the content of my presentation, so I don’t have a copy of it too share with you.
But I hope you (yes you) take the message of R U OK into your daily lives and treat fellow men how you would like to be treated. I know that I try do do this.
The aim of the marvellous R U OK? Foundation is to prevent isolation by empowering people to support each other through life’s ups and downs (http://www.ruokday.com/about-r-u-ok-day/).