R U OK? Day

R U OK?Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that we’ve all got what it takes to ask, “are you ok?” and support those struggling with life.

The day is about inspiring people to start these conversations every day of the year. More than 3000 Australians commit suicide each year. That’s about eight people every day. In a national survey conducted by R U OK?, they posed the question – just how likely are we as a nation to feel confident enough to ask “are you ok?” of anyone we are worried about.

The good news is 70% of respondents said they felt comfortable asking the question. We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions: “Are you ok?”  Taking part can be as simple as learning R U OK?’s Four steps, so you can have a conversation that could change a life.

The 2017 campaign theme is ‘You’ve got what it takes’ and at Christian College we feel that we have all got what it takes to look out for one another and support those who may be struggling with life. For most of us, our eyes, ears and mouths are the resources we can use to support those around us. It’s the lack of connection or belonging we want to prevent.

By inspiring people to take the time to ask “Are you ok?” and listen, we can help people struggling with life feel connected, long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “are you ok?” is a great place to start.

Our College feels very strongly in supporting the R U Ok? Campaign and, as such, we will be celebrating this special event early in Term 4. Unfortunately, due to an extensive commitment to several activities this term, we have decided to move our celebration to allow other equally important events to run.

We hope you will all get behind and support this incredible cause and we look forward to hosting a wonderful event early Term 4.

 

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