A thought In much the same way the Christmas Holiday period seems to be a trigger for increased suicides, what about the compounding effect RUOK day has on someone who feels alone, hears repeated prompting about “asking someone if they are OK”, but nobody asks them “RUOK?”. Is RUOK day actually for those people who are not OK, or is it intended for the people who are OK simply as an awareness campaign that not every feels OK? If the purpose of RUOK day is an attempt to offer help to a person who doesn’t see any point in asking for help, then if that person doesn’t get asked by anyone, is that just going to compound their depression? A short poem that popped into my head a few weeks ago:
I live in a world full of people with family and friends alone
Does RUOK day just hit home to a lonely depressed person how few friends they might have?