EDITORIAL: Ask your mates today if they’re ok


IT'S pretty amazing how a simple three-word question can have such a profound impact on someone's life.

Today (September 10) is R U OK Day, the annual event designed to encourage work mates, family members and friends across Australia to ask one another how everything is going.

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The importance of this message is that suicide is preventable and we each have the power to do something about it.

I have seen entire communities devastated during the aftermath of a suicide. It is truly an awful thing to see.

But it has got me thinking, let's not just ask our friends, family and co-workers if they are ok on September 10.

Let's make it a regular thing where our close ones can feel comfortable coming out with their problems.

The issue is slowly becoming less taboo and the sooner the better, I say.

In the last few years I have noticed a larger amount of advertising campaigns aimed at encouraging the "blokey" sort of blokes to talk about their feelings.

Why not have a crack at it now. After you read this ask someone if they are ok.

It may not seem like a big deal at the time, but you never know, it just may be the question someone has been waiting for.

For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au

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