A conversation could change a life

Today marks the national day of action dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to ask each other ‘Are you ok?’? R U OK?Day aims to reduce isolation by encouraging people to support each other through life’s ups and downs.

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in Australia. Research tells us that one in five Australians will experience depression in their lifetime and 4 per cent of us will have a major depressive illness in any 12-month period.

Depression is nothing to be ashamed of and it’s always worthwhile to seek help if you think you may be under the grip of the “black dog”.

For more information about R U OK?Day visit www.ruokday.com

Opinion – Today is a good start

Do we really need a reminder to stop looking so closely at our own lives and to turn, instead, to those around us to see how they are really going? The reality is that many of us are so self-focused that we don’t truly notice others who are struggling to cope.

Men are less likely to divulge their problems to friends or family if they are feeling down, depressed or suicidal. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures suggest that males account for 75 per cent of all suicides in Australia with 24% of all 15-24 year old male deaths due to suicide.

If you can look past the grammatical spelling disaster of the day in question, R U OK?Day has a website which offers valuable information on how to ask someone if they are ok and, more importantly, how to tell someone if you are not ok and much more.

We have all been in a situation where something has gone very wrong in our lives and we just wanted someone to ask us if we were ok. Today is your day to return the favour or seek help from a friend or family member if you simply need to talk.

Are you ok?

Would you ever call a help line if you were struggling to cope?

How to ask ‘are you ok?’
How to say ‘I’m not ok’

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).