R U OK?

R U OK day is on the 11th September https://www.ruok.org.au It’s all about reaching out to family, friends, workmates or even a stranger, and asking the question R U OK?

Many of us go about our daily business in a bit of a blur, not really taking the time to look at how others around us may be feeling or what they may be going through. We may also be going through a difficult time and be feeling isolated or weighed down ourselves.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone was to ask you how you are doing and take the time to listen? What’s that old saying – “a problem shared is a problem halved”. It may also be that one conversation that makes a person stop and think, stops them from spiralling into the “What If’s” or worse…..

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According the ABS 2011, Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-24 years followed closely by road traffic accidents. Headspace states that “suicide rates among young people are considerably low compared to the number who self harm” http://www.headspace.org.au/what-works/research-information/self-harm-and-suicidal-behaviours

So on Thursday 11th September, please take the time to ask a young person R U OK?

Author: Nerida Silver
Team Leader – Youth
Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services

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