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Today, Thursday 10th September 2015, is R U OK Day, and we want to put the question out to all of our members – R U OK?

Suicide prevention organisation R U OK? is calling on Australia to take a global lead in preventing suicide by making more effort to have regular, meaningful conversations with anyone who might be struggling.

This year, R U OK?Day and World Suicide Prevention Day fall on the same date, drawing attention to Australia’s role in addressing this global public health issue. Campaign Director Rebecca Lewis said every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide[1], and we should all be doing as much as possible to prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness occurring in our community.

“To ensure that people are protected from suicidal thoughts, we need to make a concerted and genuine effort to be there for one another and really walk in one another’s shoes,” Rebecca said. “R U OK?Day is a national reminder for us all to start a conversation that could change a life.”

R U OK? is using its seventh national day of action to urge people to say thanks to anyone who’s been there for them during a rough patch or a tough day. R U OK?Day can be the day to start a conversation, as well as celebrate the people who already do that on a regular basis.

So please use this post to tell us how you are, share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below – it may just help someone!

If you or anyone you know needs help please reach out to one of the following services:           

Call 24/7 for crisis support.
Use the Online Crisis Support Chat (check website for hours)
Suicide Call Back Service

Call for professional telephone crisis support for people at risk of suicide, carers and bereaved, 24/7
Use the online counselling (check website for hours)
Kids Helpline

Call for counselling for young people 5–25 years, 24/7
Use the online counselling (check website for hours)
Griefline Helpline

An anonymous telephone counselling service for people suffering grief. 12pm – 3am every day.
Headspace

Find services for 12-25 year olds doing it tough, including mental health, drug and alcohol issues
Use the online chat service
Main image courtesy of RUOK.org.au
  • We should all look after our friends and family without being too intrusive.

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  • Those statistics are alarming. I hope everyone out there is ok, and if not there is NO shame in asking for help; we are humans, we have emotions, and sometimes things are too much, so it’s OK to ask for help. God bless you all.

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  • thanks for sharing this awareness.

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  • the ok

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  • I know its past and that ok but damn some days I’m just not ok and I am not afraid to say it out loud. this is an amazing page and also thank you for promoting so much for mums and Dads alike, we all need support and advice on many situations in our lives and a place to share them.

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  • what a good idea hopefully getting more people aware of this issue will help with prevention!

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  • good for getting the awareness out there

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  • post r u ok

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  • Often it’s the people who have the brightest smiles that are hiding behind a dark cloud .. I know several loved ones that do this … Be aware and ask them ARE U OK ? you will be surprised ..

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  • This is such a great programme to have in place. No one asked me if I was ok though!

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  • Lke it

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  • open post

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  • The more aware we all are of each other’s mental and emotional health the better. Having suffered major depression for 30 years, I am all for being open and honest. It is just so important to support each other and build each other up. There is strength in unity.

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  • Thank you. I am ok. Are you ok?

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  • Just asking, are you ok?

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