Ask a mate R U OK?

Community members come together to ask R U OK? during Grenfell's 2018 R U OK? day held last Wednesday September 12.
Community members come together to ask R U OK? during Grenfell's 2018 R U OK? day held last Wednesday September 12.

Weddin Shire mayor Mark Liebich, Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre’s Nat and Harry,  Grenfell Lions Club members, Cowra/ Grenfell Meals on Wheels coordinators Denise Makin and Tammy Archer along with event organiser Chad White came together at Lion’s Park on Wednesday, September 12, to welcome members of the community to Grenfell’s R U OK? day.

As R U OK? enters its 10th year, the suicide prevention charity’s 2018 survey has revealed: 

*More than half of Australians (57 per cent) in the last 12 months, wanted someone to ask them if they were ok.

*Australians are reporting asking the question more frequently with 81 per cent of Aussies saying they had asked someone if they were OK more than once in the past 12 months and

*51 per cent of us were asked by someone if we were OK when we really needed it.

Grenfell R U OK? event organiser Chad White says it is important for members of the community to know they are not alone and that it is OK to reach out when needed.

“We needn’t wait to ask, we can have these conversations at any time. By getting together as a community and working together we can encourage those in need to reach out, and by asking the question R U OK? it might make all the difference to someone who needs support,” said Mr White. 

“There are many resources available locally and we encourage those doing it tough to reach out.”

If you or someone you know is struggling contact Lifeline 13 11 14, Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.