Afghani vet spreads RUOK? mes­sage

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WHEN Roma-born Kiel Good­man re­turned from his sec­ond tour in Afghanistan, things had changed.

Af­ter wit­ness­ing a num­ber of events dur­ing his over­seas stint with the mil­i­tary, Mr Good­man’s health had be­gun to suf­fer.

Mr Good­man, who now works for the troop sup­port ser­vice Mates4Mates, gave a mov­ing speech about his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence in over­com­ing men­tal ill­ness dur­ing the Big Rig’s R U OK? fam­ily day out on Satur­day.

R U OK? Day re­minds peo­ple to ask fam­ily, friends and col­leagues the ques­tion, “R U OK?”, as a sim­ple con­ver­sa­tion can make a big dif­fer­ence to some­one’s life.

The Big Rig hosted a num­ber of com­mu­nity groups, pub­lic speak­ers and in­for­ma­tion stands, as well as fun ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies to en­joy.

The 4RR ra­dio helped out on the day, broad­cast­ing the event live to the Charleville com­mu­nity.

DO YOU NEED HELP? Life­line 13 11 14, beyondblue

1300 224 636, ruok.org.au.

FROM THE HEART: Kiel Good­man speaks at Roma’s R U OK? Day.

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