Sometimes, the thoughts we leave unsaid are the most dangerous.
Such is certainly the case for those feelings – however fleeting – that leave you sad, anxious, afraid and hopeless. If you’re a young adult who suffers from depression or other mental illness, your own mind might seem like a prison of negativity, your own thoughts too great a burden to bear.
Whether you, a friend or a loved one suffers from depression or is at risk of suicide, you can find hope in three life-changing words: R U OK?
R U OK? offers teens, young adults, parents and educators a toolkit for dealing with mental illnesses, depression, addiction and suicide – for yourself or your peers. Addressing relevant issues like cyberbullying, technology addiction, substance abuse, gender confusion and suicide ideation, R U OK? helps bring light to otherwise dark – but critical – topics.
After losing her own husband to suicide, Kristi Hugstad understands the patterns, warnings and risk factors she failed to see during his life. As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and credentialed health educator, Hugstad combines her firsthand experience with researched-backed, clinical methods to help prevent suicide and address important mental health issues.
Whether you feel scared and misunderstood or are worried about a friend or family member, there is a powerful hope in asking – and answering – a simple question: R U OK?