Planet Fitness asks R U OK?
Planet Fitness is hosting an event on Monday 23 September to encourage friends and loved ones to start a meaningful conversation with anyone they are worried about and to support R U OK?
To remind Australians that every day is R U OK?Day, Planet Fitness is hosting a Wear a Lei for R U OK Day to show our members how to start a life-changing conversation with someone who might be struggling.
Planet Fitness Director, Dallas Rosekelly said, “Our friends, family members and members face life’s up’s and downs every day of the year.”
“That’s why we’re hosting a Wear a Lei for R U OK Day to do what we can to get our community asking, ‘Are you OK?’ and to reach out to anyone they’re worried about,” Dallas said.
National suicide prevention charity R U OK? is working to inspire everyone, no matter their location, to invest more time in the people around them and give them the skills, motivation and confidence to start a conversation with anyone who might be doing it tough.
A recent national omnibus survey commissioned by R U OK? revealed one in three people don’t feel comfortable asking the question, “Are you OK?”
For those of us who don’t feel comfortable, the leading reasons include:
• “I don’t know what to say”
• “I wouldn’t want to make it worse”
• “I’m worried they might get angry”
• “I’m not an expert”
• “It’s none of my business”
CEO R U OK? Brendan Maher said, “We know that some conversations can be really tough. But in reality, you don’t have to be an expert to ask the question. Asking shows someone you care about them and that can make a really positive difference in their life and be a stepping stone to accessing appropriate support long before they’re in crisis. Community events are a great way to promote these 4 Steps to navigating that conversation:
“Ask R U OK?, Listen, Encourage action and Check in,” he said.
Conversation tips and crisis numbers can be found at ruok.org.au
R U OK? merchandise will be available from reception at Planet Fitness Newcastle from Monday 9 September.
Planet’s Wear a Lei for R U OK Day Event
We are encouraging members to wear yellow and purchase R U OK merchandise for the week of 9-13 September, plus we will also be hosting a special Les Mills Body Pump Launch on Monday 23 September. Put on your Hawaiian best and join us for the latest Les Mills Body Pump launch! We will be collecting donations for R U OK Day, donate a gold coin and receive a Hawaiian Lei to join in the party.
About R U OK?:
R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life
R U OK? Day is a national day of action, held on the second Thursday in September. But every day is the day to start a conversation that could change a life.