RU OK? Day on 8 September is a national day of action to remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.
RU OK? is a harm prevention charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives. The organisation’s work focuses on building the motivation, confidence and skills of the help-giver – the person who can have a meaningful conversation with someone who is struggling with life.
RU OK? contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building the capacity of informal support networks such as friends, family and colleagues, to be alert to those around them, have a conversation if they identify signs of distress or difficulty and connect some to appropriate support, long before they’re in crisis.
Find out more at https://www.ruok.org.au/
For information and resources on suicide prevention, go to the Gippsland PHN website at https://gphn.org.au/what-we-do/programs/suicide-prevention-program/ and https://gphn.org.au/what-we-do/programs/mental-health-care-and-suicide-prevention/
For further help:
Head to Health Hubs :
Baw Baw – 197-199 Sutton Street, Warragul
Wellington – 12 Inglis Street, Sale. Free call 1800 595 212
If you or someone you know needs help contact:
Lifeline – 13 11 14
beyondblue Support Service – 1300 224 365
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
MensLine – 1300 789 987
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
Qlife – 1800 184 527
Yarning SafeNStrong – 1800 959 563
To access professional mental health support in Gippsland, speak to your local doctor.