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R U OK? Day

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I caught up with Jen Snook to shed some more light on the hard working support systems in our communities, who deal with suicide and mental illness... We met at the coffee and conversations brought to Pt Lincoln by Mentally Fit EP, Jen works for Standby

It is  "R U OK?" Day today - the 13th September...

R U OK?'s vision is a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide.

Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

Their goals are to: 
1. Boost our confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life's ups and downs 

2. Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others

3. Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us

4. Be relevant, strong and dynamic

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StandBy – Support after Suicide is a program of United Synergies, established in 2002 to meet the need for a coordinated community response to suicide. StandBy is now recognised as Australia’s leading suicide postvention program dedicated to assisting people and communities impacted by suicide.

In Australia, more than 2,800 people take their own life each year. Research indicates that for every death through suicide 135 people are impacted and ten or more are significantly affected. StandBy provides free telephone or face-to-face support by local caring staff, committed to the wellbeing of the person or group affected. The program provides a central point of coordination, connecting people to the various supports they may need through referrals to services, groups and organisations within their local area.

StandBy operates nationally by partnering with local organisations, engaging their expertise within the community to deliver the most effective and culturally suitable support for each individual circumstance. Locally tailored community workshops and education programs are provided to increase awareness of suicide and suicide bereavement to help enable communities to support one another.

Standby :

If you are in urgent need of help

Chat online

Call: 1300 659 467

Lifeline Australia : 13 11 14

Free Online Counselling:

Private Message - Mentally Fit EP Facebook:

Make an Appointment with your Doctor

QPR - Our Mission : To save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. QPR

“You never know when you might encounter someone experiencing suicidal thoughts.

“It really is everybody’s business to be in a position to help and maybe even save a life; QPR training gives you the skills and knowledge to do just that.”

The training is designed to provide everyday people with three simple steps to help save a life from suicide, and is available at by using the free code CSA to login.

The training has been offered for free to those living within the national suicide prevention trial region, which includes Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, the Yorke Peninsula and the towns in between.

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or at

Useful Apps for your self care:
Beyond Now
Smiling Mind
Diary - Mood Tracker

To listen to "Suicide the Ripple Effect interview with Matt Runnells and Jo Clarke Click here:

A baby Jo in radio also once wrote a blog about sharing your story, and saving a life ;)