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FOLLOWING last week’s nation-wide ‘R U OK? Day’ that promoted the importance of awareness, understanding and conversation to suicide prevention, Alpine Health is reminding locals of their A.L.E.R.T training program.
Alpine Health hosts regular A.L.E.R.T. Training, a 60-minute workshop delivered in the workplace to increase awareness and understanding of depression, anxiety and suicide while providing strategies for building person resilience.
R U OK? Day was a remind- er that any day is the day to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those struggling with life.
It can be as simple as learning R U OK’s four steps so that you can have a conversation that could change a life.
The four steps are to ask, listen and to encourage action and check in on friends, family members or colleagues who could be struggling.
Alpine Health, health promotion officer, Maureen Ryland, encouraged locals to help start conversations every day.
“Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do,” she said.
“You don’t need to be an expert just a good friend and a great listener, so if you notice someone who might be struggling - start a conversation.
“Conversations need to happen every day - encourage more people to ask are you okay in your school, workplace or community.”
Alpine Health’s Learning Centre at the Myrtleford Hospital will host an A.L.E.R.T session today at 9.30am and another on Thursday, October 4 from 11.30am.