As the country enters the holiday season, it’s important to remember that it isn’t a time to celebrate for some.

Whether it’s financial or emotional pressure, this time of year can easily become mentally straining.

‘Tis the season to be asking R U OK?’ seeks to remind people of the pressures some might be facing, and outlines how to meaningfully connect with people who might be having a tough time.

Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Pertame man Steven Satour is a campaign manager at RU OK, he says “as we approach the end of the year, it’s important we take the time to think about who in our mob might struggling.”

There are many reasons our people can be finding things tough, whether it is health, family, financial or cultural obligations,” said Mr Satour.

R U OK? have produced tools to help people navigate the holiday season. Image Supplied

“People can feel stress long after the event that caused the stress. We need to make sure our people know we’re here to hear them.

Find a moment to ask, ‘are you OK?’, whatever way feels right for both of you. And make space to genuinely listen to what comes next. This helps to build trust and create a safe place for people to share how they’re really feeling.” 

Visit for free tips and resources, to help you connect with the people you care about this holiday season.

If you or someone you know needs some extra support, you can find contact information for support services at

13YARN is a free 24/7 service offering crisis support for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. Call 13YARN (13 92 76).

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