RUOK? Day and World Suicide Prevention Day BBQ coming up at SA Riverland

4 September 2020

The year 2020 has been challenging for everyone and the current circumstances have made it even more important for people in the community to stay connected.

This year R U OK? day also falls on World Suicide Prevention Day which serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of asking, “Are you O.K?”. It also falls in the middle of Child Protection Week and as partnering organisations who share a commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our young people and the broader community, Life Without Barriers has teamed up with Headspace Berri to spread some important messages about maintaining wellbeing in challenging times.

The message for R U OK? Day 2020 is “There is more to say after R U OK?”

We hope to pass on some tools to young people so they are equipped to facilitate connection and conversations with others, particularly when they see or hear someone else is not O.K. We will also be facilitating conversations ourselves over a hot breakfast we will be preparing for Renmark High School students on Thursday, 10th September.

We are hoping that everyone will get some information that will equip them to create and continue conversations that could change a life. You don’t have to be an expert when someone says they’re not O.K, just listening and caring enough to converse with someone can help them feel supported and help them access help before a crisis occurs.

There are services and resources available to people in the community and we want everyone who is finding life a little challenging to reach out to us so we can ensure connections are made that will facilitate wellness and improved mental health.

The R U OK website has some great resources you can download and tips on how you can support this initiative in your own workplace, sporting club, school or neighbourhood. If you do need support with your mental health you can contact Life Without Barriers on (08) 85 805 500 or Headspace on (08) 85 824 422.