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Hey Athletics, R U OK?

Published Thu 10 Sep 2020

There’s more to say after R U OK?

Thursday 10th September is ‘R U OK day’ and Athletics Australia is encouraging everyone to take some time to prioritise your own wellbeing, to reach out and connect with family, friends and colleagues via the phone or virtual communication and to ask the question – are you OK?

It has been a challenging year for everyone, making it even more important for people to stay connected. Athletics Australia is throwing their support behind #RUOKDay and reminding everyone that a conversation could change a life. This year Australians are learning what to say after R U OK? to keep the conversation going when someone says “No, I’m not OK”.

If someone says they’re not OK, make time to listen, encourage action and check-in. That conversation 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.

For tips and resources on how to start and have a conversation, click here.

Hey Sport, R U OK?

R U Ok? has also launched a campaign to equip community coaches with resources and tips to ensure all members of their sporting community feel safe and supported. The campaign provides resources to help coaches spot the signs that someone might be struggling and guides them through what to say and do in the event one of their athletes, players or sporting colleagues is not okay.


The Hey Sport, R U OK? resources are available for free download and include a Conversation Guide for coaches, ten principles of an R U OK? Culture, tips on how to ask, “Are you OK?” and what to do next. 

How to ask R U OK? – simple steps that could change a life

  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen with an open mind
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check-in


  • Your coaching kit here
  • Conversation card here
  • Four steps poster here
  • Or visit the website here

Where to go for support?

If you need guidance on how to support someone, you can visit or if you are in need of support visit their Find Help section for professional support services and other useful resources.

Athletes within State Institutes or Academies are encouraged to reach out to their local Sport Psychologist for support. Athletics Australia also has a list of recommended service providers nationally who can provide support. The AIS Mental Health Referral Network is also available for all NASS funded and alumni athletes.

If you are a coach or athlete in need of support please contact our Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement Manager Melanie Purkiss or visit our new Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement page.