This week is an Australian mental health bonanza!
Not only is today World Suicide Prevention Day, it’s R U OK? Day on Thursday.
Both initiatives are dedicated to encouraging conversations to prevent suicide and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.
You can get tips on how to best broach a chat with someone who may be struggling with life at the R U OK? Foundation website.
There’s also a wealth of information at the Suicide Prevention Australia website, focusing on upcoming events and mental health resources.
Both organisations support the Australian Government’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy.
So why not strike up a convo with a friend, family member, classmate or colleague?
All you have to ask is “Are you okay?”
If you’re struggling with mental illness or you’re feeling suicidal, there are lots of places you can get support.
You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14
You can also reach beyondblue on 1300 22 4636
Another valuable contact is the Suicide Call Back Service at 1300 659 467
All of these are 24-hour helplines.