Char­ity re­in­forc­ing mes­sage

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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