R U OK? Day is a national suicide prevention event held on the 13thof September that inspires all Australians to ask the question, ‘Are you OK?’.
The R U OK? vision is to create a world that connects and protects people from suicide while their mission is to empower meaningful and supportive conversation with those who are struggling.
The man behind R U OK? is Gavin Larkin, who chose just one question to honour his fathers memory and to try and protect other families from the pain his endured.
Fundraising at Lockridge Medical
For the entire month of September Lockridge Medical Centre will be collecting donations and selling official R U OK? merchandise in order to raise awareness and funds for the Australian organisation.
In 2016 2,866 Australians died by suicide, of this number 75% were male. Its estimated that for every suicide there will be 30 people that attempt suicide.
89% of Australians reported knowing someone who has attempted suicide which has prompted R U OK? to raise national awareness of suicide prevention.
Start a Conversation
Asking, “Are you R U OK?” is no longer a question for a single day – it’s a meaningful conversation starter for every day of the year.
Don’t be afraid of the question or the answers, just start the conversation!
Sometimes, we may not feel confident if the person we’ve asked says, “no I’m not ok.” And that’s ok. You don’t have to be an expert to LISTEN.
You may not have the answers to the persons problems but you can ENCOURAGE them to take action and seek help from medical professionals.
Wether its picking up the phone or making that coffee catch up just make the effort to CHECK IN!
For more information on how you can help visit R U OK?