Approximately 8 people die by suicide every day in Australia – it’s a staggering statistic, and one we are being encouraged to remember today on R U OK? Day.
Gold Coasters are being urged to check in on family, friends and colleagues today and ask the simple question – “Are you ok?”
R U OK? CEO Katherine Newton said sometimes all it takes is one simple question to change someone’s life.
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“Remember, you don’t need to be a clinician, a GP, or a nurse to check-in with someone you are worried about – just a good friend and a great listener,” said Ms Newton.
Suicide Prevention Australia CEO, Nieves Murray said it is a national tragedy that we lose so many people to suicide.
“We can all make a difference in the lives of those who might be struggling by having regular, meaningful conversations about life’s ups and downs. Working together to prevent suicide, raise awareness and encourage conversations is important,” said Ms Murray.
It's R U OK?Day, our national day of action and a reminder to Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut & Ask R U OK? any day it's needed.Today we're calling on Australia to learn when and how to start a conversation that could change a life.Learn the signs and how to ask and help us move closer to our vision of a world where we're all connected and protected from suicide: www.ruok.org.au
Posted by R U OK Day on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
For more information on R U OK? day and for tips on how to ask those in your life the all-important question, click here.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14 | visit website
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 | visit website
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 | visit website
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 | visit website