And Suicide Prevention Community Campaign
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.