I have decided we need to rename ‘RUOK’ day to ‘Am I OK’ day.
Don’t ask me if I’m okay, because I can’t always answer honestly.
Instead, ask yourself what it is in you that might make me feel I can’t trust you with my truth.
People living with suicidal ideation don’t need to spend a full day every year making sure the rest of you feel better about our risks.
(Another PSA on why this day is performative and dangerous for people living with real risks.)
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Angela J Williams, PhD, is a writer, illustrator and story teller from Wollongong, Australia.
She is the author of Snakes and Ladders: a memoir and host of the Deboning Power Podcast.
A writer, thinker and yeller, Angela Williams is mildly notorious for seeing problems and pointing them out. She’s tussled with Fred Nile in the Sydney Morning Herald, taken academia to task in the Guardian’s Anonymous Academic, gone to Crikey about the treatment of mentally ill women in prison, and most recently blown the whistle on dangerous risks in her (former) charity workplace. Angela does one thing really well – find problems and yell about them.
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