R U OK? Day – More Than An Annual Event
Yesterday at Junior School we celebrated R U OK? Day - our College’s 9th year of participating in this initiative, which aims to raise the awareness of mental health in our community.
We came together on the basketball courts, dressed in yellow, and made the huge letters R U OK, filmed from high above. Year 4 Leaders led the service and reminded us why R U OK? Day is such an important day. In 1995, Gavin Larkin lost his father to suicide. His suicide left family and friends in deep grief and with endless questions.
In 2009, Gavin Larkin chose to champion just one question to honour his father and to try and protect other families from the pain his father endured.
"Are you ok?"
R U OK? is a not-for-profit suicide prevention organisation dedicated to remind people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, "R U OK?", in a meaningful way. Connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do, all through the year, to make a difference to anyone who might be struggling.
At Junior School we seek to encourage students to not only look after their own needs, but to also look to the needs of others and keep an eye on the welfare of those around them. Sowing these caring traits into the lives of both students and staff helps create an environment based on the type of love Jesus showed. This week during our devotions we have provided practical ways of developing many of the skills associated with R U OK?
Gavin Larkin remained a passionate champion of the fact a conversation could change a life, even as cancer ended his own in 2011. His legacy is ensuring all Australians realise a little question can make a big difference to those people struggling with life.
As adults there could well be someone you could help or let your struggles known to. Building trust, listening without judgement, encouraging action and following people up are ways our community can show genuine care to one another. Our loving God is also our comfort.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God.