“ARE you ok?”
They’re three simple words Border teenagers say make all the difference when you’ve got a mental illness or if you’re having a rough day.
Tomorrow is R U Ok? Day, a national event to inspire people to start conversations to prevent suicide.
Albury Council’s Retro Youth Committee of 10 teenagers get to choose one event to organise a year and an R U Ok? Day was an easy choice.
“It’s relevant and it’s something that needs to be talked about,” Trinity College student Sophie Cochrane, 16, said.
The committee has organised live music, a short play, food, guest speakers and information stalls all for free in Albury’s QEII Square from 4pm to 6pm.
It’s all aimed at asking the question and teaching people how to look after friends and family.
Speakers include Centre for Mental Health Research’s Brad Carron and Black Dog Institute’s Dale Skinner.
Sophie said a simple “Are you ok?” can open a conversation that could be life-saving.
Steph Meachen, 18, of James Fallon High, said: Living in a rural area, it’s more important because there’s high rates of mental illness and high rates of suicide.”
Carevan, Lifeline, Albury Wodonga Regional Suicide Prevention Network, Murrumbidgee Community Health, YES Youth and Family Services and Joy’s Delights are supporting the event.
There’s more on www.ruokday.com.