Stu­dents show they care

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - By CORAL COOKSLEY

A CAR­ING school com­mu­nity checked on their mates by ask­ing R U OK? when they par­tic­i­pated in a na­tional sui­cide aware­ness and preven­tion cam­paign last Fri­day.

The month-long planned R U OK? Day by Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dents in­cluded a school-wide morn­ing tea with fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

Well-be­ing co­or­di­na­tor Mel Ivone said the im­por­tant day for the stu­dents was about build­ing re­la­tion­ships and re­silience.

“It’s about be­ing con­nected and cre­at­ing a cul­ture of look­ing af­ter each other by ask­ing the ques­tion,” she said.

“Stu­dents run­ning the event them­selves with 50 vol­un­teers help­ing on the day was a high­light for me that showed how much they cared.”

Spon­sored by a Quer­cus Beech­worth com­mu­nity sup­port pro­gram with fund­ing, Al­bury Wodonga Re­gional FoodShare as­sisted as well with food.

Year 10 stu­dent Olivia Coleman said R U OK Day brought the en­tire school to­gether.

She said it was nice to know there was a spe­cial day for peo­ple who strug­gled where they had some­one to talk to.

ASK­ING THE QUES­TION: (from left) Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dents Dusty Romero, Char­lie Ross and An­nika Knoth with Ky Rooney (back) were in­volved in R U OK? Day ac­tiv­i­ties at Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege.

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