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.
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