MINISTER for Mental Health Pru Goward and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall marked R U OK? Day and World Suicide Prevention Day today by calling on everyone in the local community to check in with their friends and loved ones.
“Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians under the age of 44 and the statistics are even more disturbing in rural areas,” Mr Marshall said.
“Suicide and attempted suicide are human tragedies that can affect anyone and prevention requires a whole of community response with early detection and treatment.
“R U OK? is such a simple message, but such an important one – if more people asked this question it could make a real difference.
“Whether you tweet, text or telephone, just start the conversation and let someone know that help is available and they are not alone.”
Mr Marshall is encouraging the community to:
• Ask someone if they are ok;
• Listen to them without judgement;
• Encourage them to seek help; and
• Follow up to make sure they are receiving support.
Lifeline offers vital crisis support and suicide prevention services to more than 2,000 callers every day across the country.
The NSW Government has committed $10.5 million over four years to Lifeline Australia to help them in the important work of saving lives.
To find out more about how you can start a conversation with a mate visit www.ruok.org.au
If you or someone you know is in crisis call Lifeline’s 24/7 support line on 13 11 14.