Thursday, September 12, 2013

R U OK? A conversation could change a life

Today is RUOK day. This is a national day of action to decrease suicide in Australia. Feeling isolated and hopeless can lead to depression and sometimes suicide. Take the time to ask friends, family and colleagues "Are you okay?" Staying connected helps to stay healthy.

If you're not sure what comes after "Are you okay?" look at this page on the site; it gives some tips on how to have this conversation.

Here are some other places that can help if you or someone close to you is depressed, anxious or suicidal.
JCU has a Counselling service if you are having difficulty coping.

thedesk aims to support Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing. Being a student can be a challenging time and many students do not access support services for a range of reasons including time pressures, not knowing where to go for help and feeling embarrassed. thedesk offers free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and advice.

Beyond blue: the national depression initiative

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, helping young people aged 12 to 25

Helps kids and young adults from age 5 to 25. Call on 1800 55 1800

Crisis support, suicide prevention, mental health support. Call on 13 11 14

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