In­tereach urges you to ask ‘R U OK?’

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

In­tereach is tak­ing part in R U OK? Day, a men­tal health ini­tia­tive that en­cour­ages peo­ple to check on the well-be­ing of col­leagues, fam­ily and friends, with the sim­ple ques­tion, “Are you ok?”

This Thurs­day, In­tereach Com­mu­nity Hub, ROAR and Abil­ity Links work­ers will be at the kiosk in Cressy St, De­niliquin.

Lo­cal peo­ple are in­vited to stop by the kiosk be­tween 10am and 2.30pm to tie a rib­bon on the In­tereach tree to show their sup­port for men­tal health and sui­cide preven­tion.

The tree will then be dis­played at the In­tereach De­niliquin Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.

Cup­cakes and R U OK mer­chan­dise will also be avail­able.

In­tereach is work­ing with Well­ways, Vin­nies Ser­vices and Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health Author­ity to sup­port R U OK Day.

In­tereach chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sue Mathieson is en­cour­ag­ing every­one to get be­hind this im­por­tant day and ask, “R U OK?’’

‘‘By sup­port­ing this day we could all be help­ing to save lives,’’ she said.

‘‘If you are wor­ried about some­one it is im­por­tant to start a con­ver­sa­tion with them — find out how they are feel­ing and sup­port them to get help if they need it.

‘‘Some­times ask­ing a sim­ple ques­tion can help make a dif­fer­ence to a per­son’s men­tal health and well­be­ing. It might not solve all their prob­lems but it can help to make them feel sup­ported and cared for.

‘‘In­tereach has a range of men­tal health sup­port ser­vices avail­able to lo­cal peo­ple. If you’re feel­ing down give us a call or drop into our of­fice and find out how we can sup­port you.’’

In­tereach is a not for profit com­mu­nity based provider of ser­vices to re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties through­out the Rive­rina Mur­ray re­gion of NSW.

It works along­side chil­dren, fam­i­lies, older peo­ple, car­ers and peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and sup­port, de­liv­er­ing a range of ser­vices or link­ing peo­ple with another ser­vice that can bet­ter meet their needs.

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