The RUOKToday? initiative came about from a chance conversation in June 2015 between Eddie Carlin from the British Transport Police and Team Manager, Matthew Wakely from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT). They agreed that the large and diverse numbers of passengers travelling through Leicester was almost a microcosm of the community – and its mental health and wellbeing.
They arranged further discussions with Hayley Bull from Network Rail and service lead Chris Crane from LPT where the idea of an awareness raising at Leicester railway station grew. The group agreed that, to have real impact this should be a real multi-agency event – and the idea of the RUOKToday? banner was born.
The message would be simple - that a simple kind gesture, for example a text message, having a chat over coffee or tea, a phone call, just letting someone know you are thinking of them, can be a help.
They will be asking people "Are you OK"? and although you may say yes I'm OK, our team will suggesting ways you can support or help others who might be struggling with their feelings.
We were on the station from 7am until 7pm on 12th October 2017 and tweeting using the hashtag #RUOKLeics .
Whatever your age, whoever you are we all need someone to talk to us, to help us feel that we are important
We all need to be listened to, to know that our thoughts and feelings are important to others
Everyone says they are alright.
Everyone says they're fine
But most will never touch upon
What's really on their mind.
So take a little time out
To ask if they're OK
And you may discover:
They're not so great today.
By Andrew Hall
If we can all take the time to show a little care and compassion for our friends, families, work mates or even a stranger we have never met before, we can make a positive difference to the lives of the people we meet and they can make a positive difference in our lives too