If you’re networked across Tumblr, you may know we’ve been kicking up a storm about this coming September 13th- “R U Ok” Day.
It’s a day to inspire people of all backgrounds to regularly ask one other “Are you okay?”
By raising awareness about the importance of connection and preventing unhealthy isolation we can empower people to support each other through life’s ups and downs. This day is to help end suicide, depression and to help people deal with the feelings they have, by helping people to make a difference through open and honest conversation.
This is an encouragement to reach out to people in your community and ask, ‘Are you ok?’
Asking for help can be difficult, especially when everyone can tell you to not cry, to be optimistic and when being interdependent is seen as weak and undesirable.
But there is nothing wrong, with asking for help.
There is nothing wrong with needing help.
There is nothing wrong with getting professional help.
It doesn’t make you weak.
It doesn’t make you selfish.
It doesn’t make you less than anyone else.
Your feelings are always valid.
To spread awareness of this day, Safespacenetwork is running an event;
From September 13th, to October 13th; submit your Art, submit writing, submit videos and projects and collages and stories.
Send us things that tell us what you think about this day, how it HAS helped you, how it could have helped you. Send us stories of kindness, where people did ask if you were okay, send us art with people asking if you’re okay, send us projects that spoke of what could have been.
The guidelines are simple; Submit whatever you have, don’t use weighted slurs against another person, and have fun.
When October 13 comes around, we’ll take a look at which submissions got people talking the most, and we’ll send the top three, a self-love kit (customisable to your likes, dislikes and needs.)
And if you can’t submit anything? Spread the word about September 13th, get your tumblr and blogs involved, and make this the best day yet!
Good luck and stay safe everyone!