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Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By TATE SPI­TERI

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.

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