OKAY: Aleisha Finn (left), Kee­ley Mor­ri­son, Grace Ruther­furd and Made­laine En­right show they are okay. Col­lege stu­dents test one crit­i­cal ques­tion: ‘Are you okay?’

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THREE sim­ple words – ‘Are you okay?’ – was the key mes­sage among school­mates at Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege on Fri­day.

Stu­dents and teach­ers ob­served ‘R U OK Day’, a na­tion­wide sui­cide aware­ness and pre­ven­tion cam­paign, with morn­ing tea for which stu­dents made 260 cup­cakes to share.

Col­lege stu­dent well-be­ing co­or­dina- tor Mel Ivone said the event was sup­ported by Queues Beech­worth com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion and en­cour­aged stu­dents to look af­ter – and look out – for friends.

“It’s about ask­ing how each other is go­ing and be­ing there for each other,” she said.

‘R U OK’ aims to start life-chang­ing con­ver­sa­tions by cre­at­ing a more con­nected world.

THUMBS UP: Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dents So­phie Holt (left), Keely Ma­her, Jas­mine Ro­chow, Tom Chris­te­sen, Ryan Pol­lock, James Bankier and col­lege stu­dent well­be­ing co-or­di­na­tor Mel Ivone talked up the ‘R U OK’ mes­sage.

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