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R U OK? Day

5 October 2010

With an increase in the rate of suicide on the Bellarine Peninsula, The Salvation Army is supporting this years R U OK? Day

R U OK? Day will be held on Thursday 7th October, 2010.

It is an annual national day of action that aims to get Australians, right across the entire spectrum of society, connecting with friends and loved ones, by reaching out to anyone doing it tough and simply asking: “Are you ok?”

Why start a conversation? Research shows talking about suicide with someone at risk actually reduces the chances of them taking their life. It is the one thing we can all do to make a real difference. R U OK?Day is about prevention, preventing little problems turning into big problems. So it is not just about asking those at immediate risk.

Connection is a crucial part of general health and well being to help in coping with issues such as stressful life events, mental health problems, relationship breakdowns and bereavement.

Staying connected and ensuring your colleagues, friends and loved ones do so as well is as simple as having regular, meaningful, conversations. So every day can be R U OK?Day.

This year on Thursday 7th October, all of Australia will be encouraged to ask someone they care about: “Are you ok?” And, if they are, the worst that can happen is they will know you care about them…but if they are not, that conversation could change a life.

To get some tips on how to ask a friend if they're ok click here. Take up the challenge to reach out to your social networks. Click here RUOK_Workplace_Poster.pdf for a downloadable poster.

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