Charity reinforcing message
NOW in its 10th year, suicide prevention charity R U OK? is reinforcing the message that every day is R U OK?Day, not just today.
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-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2011, wanted to spare other families the grief his own endured.
A spark of an idea has since become a national 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.
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 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.”
R U OK?’s Conversation Convoy has just wrapped up a six-week journey around the country hosting 25 events in regional and remote Australia to equip people with the skills and confidence to navigate a conversation if someone says, “No, I’m not ok”.
“We’ve spoken to hundreds of Australians and had some very meaningful conversations as a result.
R U OK? ambassadors include Steve ‘Commando’ Willis, Beau Ryan, Brett Finch, Jodhi Meares, Phil Waugh, Barry Du Bois, Annalise Braakensiek, Dan Conn, Steve Bastoni, John Schumann and many more.