R U OK? Three simple words could save a life

R U OK? Three simple words could save a life
R U OK? People are being urged to start a conversation about mental health that could save someone's life.

Growing awareness of mental health issues and alarming youth suicide rates has meant our responsibility to check in with those around us is more important than ever.

R U OK Day encourages all Australians to take the time to talk to their loved ones, friends and colleagues about how they are feeling.

This year, R U OK? is calling for Australians to reconnect with friends or family members that they may have unintentionally lost contact with, as new research released today, shows that one third of us have lost contact with four or more family members or friends.

R U OK? Campaign Director Rebecca Lewis said that today’s the day to make a promise to change that.

“As a community and as individuals, we’re stronger together and it’s important that we make more time for the people we care about,” Rebecca said. “Use today as an opportunity to start a conversation with someone you were once close to, as well as reach out to anyone you’re worried about. Then, make a commitment to be there for one another throughout the year.”

It’s hoped that such a move could help someone struggling with depression and the pressures of everyday life to reach out and ask for help if they need it.

Suicide accounts for 2,864 deaths in Australia annually, with roughly seven people taking their own life everyday.

R U OK? Conversation Expert Professor Nick Glozier said we’ve all got what it takes to be there for one another – because it ultimately comes down reserving judgement and really listening to the person who is courageous enough to ask for our help. 

“Once you start a conversation and a mate opens up, don’t rush in or leap to conclusions,” Nick said. “It’s important that you listen to what they have to say and guide the conversation with more open questions. Don’t try and fix their problems – or provide the answers – but help them to identify what they can do to better manage the load.”

If you are experiencing or have experienced suicidal thoughts, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

For information and support visit www.beyondblue.com.au. and ruok.org.au


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