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Thursday 7 October 2010

R U Okay? Ask someone today how they are doing. It may save their life.

Today is R U OK? Day.

It's a national day of action that aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.

The people behind R U OK? want everyone across the country, from all backgrounds and walks of life, to ask family, friends and colleagues: "Are you OK?".

The reasoning behind this day is to highlight that staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feelings of isolation and being alone are major contributing factors to depression and social issues that can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.

The inspiration behind the day came from the death of Barry Larkin.

Barry Larkin (1940 – 1995) was a successful business management consultant who sadly took his own life. His three sons founded "R U OK?" as a national suicide awareness initiative in 2009.

I know of some people who have taken their own lives. Those who are left behind are filled with deep guilt and regret that they didn't check in with their loved one. But often, those who are down hide it so well, not wanting to burden others. Our job is to dig deep and be there, and ask and talk.

It's really quite simple: in the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.

Last year was the R U OK? inaugural year, and more than one million Australians took part in R U OK? conversations; independent research shows that over 650,000 conversations took place as a result of R U OK?Day (AMR Interactive, 2009).

The stats are astounding: suicide claims more lives in Australia each year than our national road toll. More than 2,200 Australians take their own lives every year (ABS data).

It is the biggest killer of men and women between 15 and 35. And for every victim, it is estimated that up to 30 people make an attempt. That means up to 65,000 people a year are directly affected by suicide (Lifeline).

As most people don't openly share their feelings - especially when they're struggling - don't wait for a sign. Trust your instincts. A simple convo could change a life.

For more, see: http://www.ruokday.com.au/

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