Radio hosts share their experiences on RU OK? DAY
RU OK? is a not-for-profit suicide prevention organisation founded by Aussie Gavin Larkin in 2009, and RU OK? DAY takes place on the second Thursday in September each year.
Several radio presenters took the opportunity to share their experiences with bullying, mental health and more.
Up on Hit Coffs Coast Breakfast, Ben Stevenson opened up about his struggles with anxiety, while A.B. then spoke about her brother’s battle with internal demons.
Hit106.9 Newcastle’s Jess Farchione shared her experience with online bullying In today’s episode of ‘Jess’ Diary’.
Riley-Rose Harper of Hit104.9 The Border penned a piece on why its okay not to be okay and spoke about the importance of starting a conversation on air.
On Triple M’s Grill Team, Gus Worland gave advice on how to chat to mate and ask them how they are.
Worland, Gotcha4Life Founder and host of Men’s Mental Health series Man Up, said that it’s about more than just asking if they are OK, and follow up questions are necessary.
Tom and Sarah Maree from K rock Geelong shone the spotlight on a member of their team, who spoke about being asked the hard questions when she realised she wasn’t okay.
triple j’s Ben and Liam reflected back on a year ago when Liam spoke out about being at his “wit’s end” and their struggles to adapt to being on triple j.
“I’d like to personally thank my family and friends for their support and also people who listen to triple j, who reached out on that day a year ago,” said Liam today.
Radio Today will continue to update this story as further fantastic RU OK? DAY content is broadcast throughout the day.