Locals make sure the black dog stays leashed
YESTERDAY, millions of Australians asked family members, friends, neighbours and strangers a simple question; R U OK?
It’s estimated 45% of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.
This statistic is damning, and it’s exactly why the R U OK Day initiative has snowballed into a powerful tool; a simple question could potentially save a life.
A Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service spokesman said the day was aimed at re-connection.
“Suicide prevention is a complex challenge and the R U OK Day organisation suggests that a lack of connection is a force at play in suicide risk,” the spokesman said.
“It’s this lack of connection that R U OK Day aims to prevent, by inspiring people to ask others if they are ok and take time to have regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life.”
The spokesman also noted the stigma around male mental health, particularity in the Western Downs, is slowly lessening.
“Comprehensive local statistics regarding men and women accessing mental health services in the Dalby region are not readily available, however anecdotally our mental health workers report that they see an even mix of males and females.
“Our mental health workers also report that, anecdotally, it seems increasingly more acceptable for men to talk about their emotions and seek help regarding mental health issues.”
TAKING THE TIME: People all over the Western Downs made sure those around them were travelling okay yesterday.