September 15th is R U OK?Day in Australia.
I know, you're thinking, "What is R U OK?Day and what does Australia have to do with me?" The answer is that it is imperative to check in with your loved ones, be it family or friends, in any country, especially if you have probable cause or a reliable resource that informs you about a loved one being discouraged or depressed, maybe feeling hopeless, thinking that things are not going to get any better; maybe they're weary or tired of the routine. Whatever the case may be, offering to listen may be all that friend/loved one needs to get the encouragement he or she needs. As a writer, I do believe that an exchange of words can change, even save a life. On September 15th, whatever country you're currently residing in, ask your friends/loved ones the question, "R U OK?"