And Sui­cide Preven­tion Com­mu­nity Cam­paign

Wangaratta Chronicle - - World Suicide Prevention Day -

While 52 per cent of us thought about ask­ing some­one if they were ok, at least once, but didn’t.

“With around eight peo­ple tak­ing their lives in Aus­tralia each day, and many more at­tempt­ing, there’s still so much work to do,” R U OK? cam­paign di­rec­tor Kather­ine New­ton said.

“Each of us can be there for some­one strug­gling with life by fol­low­ing R U OK?’s four steps and point­ing peo­ple to avail­able help.

“Go­ing for­ward, we want our

NOW in its 10th year, sui­cide preven­tion char­ity R U OK? wants to re­in­force that ev­ery day is R U OK? Day, not just to­day, the na­tional day of ac­tion held each year in Septem­ber.R U OK? Day was launched in 2009 by founder and ad­man Gavin Larkin who trag­i­cally lost his fa­ther to sui­cide in 1995. Larkin (who died of Non-Hodgkin’s lym­phoma in 2011) wanted to spare other fam­i­lies the grief his own en­dured. A spark of an idea has since be­come ana­tional move­ment aimed at en­cour­ag­ing friends, fam­i­lies, loved ones and work­mates to ask the ques­tion of any­one they are worried about, in a gen­uine and mean­ing­ful way.Ear­lier this year R U OK? con­ducted a sur­vey that re­vealed:51 per cent of us were asked by some­one if we were OK when we re­ally needed it;More than half of Aus­tralians (57 per cent) in the last 12 months wanted some­one to ask them if they were ok;

THE CHRON­I­CLE, Fri­day, Septem­ber 14, 2018 - Page 11 sta­tis­tics to re­flect that the ma­jor­ity of Aussies are ask­ing the ques­tion any­time they spot the signs that some­one they care about is be­hav­ing out of the norm.”“We’ve spo­ken to hun­dreds of Aus­tralians and had some very mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions as a re­sult. We want peo­ple ask­ing the ques­tion, ‘Are you ok?’, ev­ery day of the year,” Ms New­ton said.For sup­port at any time of day or night, call Life­line on 13 11 14. For more info, visit ruok.org.au.

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