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When is it okay to ask “R U OK?”

Kevin Heath

“Everyone should be asking R U OK?” every day of the year; not just on R U OK?Day” - Kevin Heath

This Thursday September 12 is “R U OK?Day”. It is a day of reflection and awareness about suicide prevention.

It is a day of action and a reminder that every day is the right day to meaningfully connect with those around us and ask a question that could change a life, “Are you OK?”

September 12 will also see the culmination of the ‘Trust the Signs Tour’ -a suicide prevention campaign- with significant events taking place at Barangaroo in Sydney.

The campaign was launched on July 10 this year and has travelled 14.000 kilometres engaging 24 communities across the country. It encourages everyone to look for signs that indicate someone needs you to ask, “R U Ok?”

R U OK? Community Ambassador Kevin Heath joined the Tour from Brisbane right through to Perth, spreading the R U OK? within schools, businesses and communities.

“I joined R U OK?’s Trust the Signs Tour because I’m passionate about encouraging our mob to look out for each other. I’m lucky to champion the importance of having these life-saving conversations every day and often people tell me they think they’ve spotted changes in someone they care about, but they aren’t sure,” said Heath.

Aboriginal Youth Worker and Bachelor fan favourite, Noongar-Yamatji woman Brooke Burton is R U OK?’s newest Ambassador. She joined the ‘Trust the Signs Tour’ for the Perth leg and will join the R U OK? team at Barangaroo on Thursday 12 September for R U OK?Day

 

 Kevin Heath with Brooke Burton.
R U Ok? Ambassadors Kevin Heath and Brooke Burton
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