Recently I wrote a blog post about my own feelings of isolation as a parent. I asked others if they were feeling similar periods of sadness, frustration, loneliness or depression. I asked if the daily Ground Hog Day grind of motherhood was taking a toll on their self identity and I got a huge amounts of honest, raw and brave responses. Simply by asking bigwords’ readers how they were feeling and giving them a safe, non-judgemental platform to talk showed to me how important it is encourage discussion.

Don’t wait for the right moment, there isn’t one. Today is the day. Reach out to someone you care about and ask them: “R U OK?”. And then, this is the crucial part, listen.

So, as I’ve said before and I’ll say again – R U OK?

For more information on R U OK Day click on this link. And if you need someone to talk to then please call Lifeline.