WHO WILL YOU ASK? R U OK?

Thursday, 8 September 2016

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has marked today’s R U OK? Day by challenging people across the region, ‘Who will you ask?’

Mr Marshall said research showed that a large percentage of people at risk of suicide and self-harm have had no contact with traditional health services.

“That’s why it’s so important we believe in the power of a conversation, whether it’s with a friend, family member, or someone else. Suicide and attempted suicide were human tragedies that can affect anyone,” Mr Marshall said.

“However we know that Suicide prevention begins at the community level. We’re stronger together – so take time to have a meaningful conversation with someone this R U OK? Day.”

Mr Marshall encouraged the community to visit www.ruok.org.au for more information and ways to get involved.

R U OK? Day coincides with NSW Government announcing the opening of expressions of interest for an $8 million suicide prevention Fund to run over the next four years.

“I encourage NGOs who already provide invaluable and crucial support to our community to apply for this new dedicated suicide prevention funding to find new, local ways to help people in need in our community,” Mr Marshall said.

“This funding is just one example of the NSW Government’s commitment to preventing suicide and providing support to improve people’s mental health.”

For more information, please visit www.tenders.nsw.gov.au/health

If you or someone else need help, please contact Lifeline (13 11 14) or www.lifeline.org.au) or contact the Kids Helpline (1800 551 800) or www.kidshelpline.com.au)/

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