Today is R U OK day, a day to talk about Suicide and to shine a light on prevention. The day falls in a week that we are asked to check on family and friends by asking RU OK?
It follows on from Tuesday this week, World Suicide Prevention Day
StandBy Support after Suicide Coordinator Tracey Wanganeen has invited Café’s across the region to participate in RU OK? Day? this Thursday September 12th, Tracey spoke to Ian on 5RM Breakfast this morning.
Many Café’s across the region, including Café on McCoy in Waikerie, Mallee Estates in Renmark, The Country Bakehouse in Loxton and River Jacks in Berri, have taken on the challenge to ask their customers ‘RU OK?’
Staff are encouraged to wear RU OK? Stickers and have on hand support lines and websites for those in need of assistance.
Ms Wanganeen said that it’s a gentle way of giving customers the encouragement to ask their loved ones, friends & work colleagues ‘R U OK?’
“For those who have lost a loved one to suicide in the past, it is especially important to offer support and friendship. RU OK? Day gives us a great opportunity to connect and to see if they are OK,” Ms Wanganeen said.
“Some conversations are too big for family and friends to tackle alone and it’s important to take the time to ask and listen.
“Often it is the small things that can make a difference, just taking the time to have a coffee and chat can make a massive difference in someone’s life.”
“We know that regional communities often are quite resilient but also some of our community members need a gentle reminder that it is OK to ask for help and that being tough sometimes comes at a cost.
“Encouraging people to seek help can assist in reducing the stigma of suicide and mental illness in our communities.
“So we hope this small action from local cafes encourages those needing help to seek assistance and reduces the stigma of suicide for our community,” Ms Wanganeen said.
To contact StandBy Support After Suicide please call Tracey on 0437 752 458
For additional support call the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or Lifeline on 131 114.
PHOTO: Tracey Wanganeen - Facebook