NOT OK: It’s the annual day when people are urged to ask ‘R U OK?’ to help start a conversation that might make a difference in someone’s life.

But organisers of ‘R U OK? Day’ say there’s been a dramatic fall in the number of people asking ‘R U OK?’ this year.

“Obviously due to lockdowns there’s definitely a little less focus on the event,” admits organiser Harry Streeter.

“With everything that is happening at the moment, nobody is ok.”

Like 2020, 2021 has been a torrid year, with the ongoing pandemic costing lives and shutting down large parts of Australia’s economy.

“It’s already September, and barely anything good has happened this year,” says Harry Streeter.

There are now concerns ‘R U OK? Day’ 2022 may be canceled entirely.