REGION - To help create a world where all people are connected and are protected from suicide, Grampians Community Health is urging residents to get involved in R U OK?Day next Thursday.
The idea is for residents to ask 'are you okay?' of friends, family members and colleagues on September 12.
The R U OK? Foundation is hosting its fifth national day of action and aims to inspire more Australians to connect with anyone who might be struggling in their life.
Last year an estimated one in three Australians asked the R U OK question. This year to help raise awareness in the local community, Grampians Community Health is offering support to those who want to ask the question.
Asking if someone is okay may feel overwhelming and daunting, however, Grampians Community Health staff believes you don't have to be an expert to support someone who is going through a tough time. You just need to be able to listen to their concerns without judgement and take the time to follow up with them.
To make the task of asking a little easier for Stawell and district residents, staff from Grampians Community Health will be available at Shop 108 from September 10-12 between the hours of 11am and 2.30pm to offer suggestions and support to those who would like to ask the question of a family member, friend or colleague.
People can come and discuss the best ways to approach the person they would like to ask, while also discovering what support and help is available for those who may need it.
The community are also encouraged to come and visit with the suggestion of a positive message that can be added to a 'Positive Message Board' on the day. The positive message board will help to make more conversations count and inspire people to make positive change.
Residents are also encouraged to visit the Grampians Community Health Wellbeing Resource Centre in Patrick Street for general Health and Wellbeing information and to discover the services and support that is available locally. Community Health staff are also available to assist in accessing and finding appropriate help.
For more information about the event, please contact Rachel Whittaker on 5358 7400.
Information on the R U OK? Day Foundation can be found at https://www.ruokday.com
If you are feeling overwhelmed or down do not hesitate to contact Grampians Community Health on 5358 7400 to speak with an intake worker or alternatively you can contact one of the following services:
Lifeline 13 11 14, Beyond Blue 1300 224 636, Kids Help Line 1800 551 800 or Suicide Help Line 1800 651 251.