Are You Okay Day is an event the Australians came up with to show concern for people going through difficult times. We ask this question to many people every day, but is there any sincerity in it? The second Thursday of September is not just a day on the calendar, it is a reminder of how important it is to be interested in the state of mind and mood of others. Psychologists note that sometimes a simple question helps.
The history of the holiday is quite dramatic. In 1995, Barry Larkin committed suicide, leaving his family in grief. After 14 years, his son decided to do something that would stop other people from taking such a terrible step. He composed one short question – “Are you okay?” He sincerely believed the phrase prevents this terrible act. He died a few years later from cancer, but the idea has turned into a successful organization.
- In 2011 a film was made and Are You Okay Day was born.
- The question is short, but it can work wonders – if you ask it at the right time, it motivates you to live, move, and pay attention to yourself and your friends.
- According to statistics, every year 700 thousand people take their own lives.
- Almost 80% of tragic cases occur in poor countries.
- There are three times more women among suicides.
How to take part
The official color of the holiday is yellow, so wear yellow clothes and accessories. This shows you are ready to talk, listen, and help. Ask the question; if you feel someone is thinking about the answer, talk to them and offer help. On this day, various information events are held; visit them. You will learn how to help a person and what to do in a difficult situation.
When is Are You Okay Day celebrated in 2022?
Are You Okay Day is observed on the second Thursday in September each year.