R U OK? Day

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'R U OK? Day' is a day dedicated to bringing awareness to start conversations about mental health. Thanks to them for leading the way.

So many live in fear of being judged by what they're going through in life, and the state of their mental health.

Local Suicide Prevention Network 'Lincoln Alive' have been seeking to raise awareness about the impact this is having on locals and starting healthy conversations as to how locals can start their journey to mental wellness. Below is a brochure from Lincoln Alive with a list of services available which can help, some you don't even need to leave the house to access. You can pick up your own brochure from our front desk here @ Magic 899.

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Dee Magic 899's News ource did a story on this recently "There are fresh calls to ensure men across the Eyre Peninsula are supported and able to speak up if they're struggling with their mental health. 
It comes as new research reveals 1 in 3 Aussie men fear their job could be at risk if they discuss mental health at work.
It also found around half (49%) would be worried their colleagues might make negative comments behind their back.
However, Brendan Maher from the Movember Foundation says it's vitally important local men are able to speak up and get support when they need it.“For local men, the message is we know it can be difficult to have these conversations, we know it can be difficult to put your hand up but it’s critical that people reach out to someone and seek appropriate help when they’re facing a tough time.” Said Maher."

World Suicide Prevention Day was Tuesday

Who am I to speak on the subject? I’m still here aren’t I...
I will never stop speaking this message, and you can ignore it but that won't make it go away. In fact, silence on this issue is the reason so many are dying.
💜 be kinder, check-in with loved ones, the isolated, the friend you haven’t seen in ages, don’t hesitate, dig a little deeper, don't take first responses as the truth, don’t be afraid of honest conversations... don’t be afraid of sharing your story, you never know who might need to hear it.
We all have an ear to listen and love to give, and sometimes that’s all that’s needed.
let’s nip this stigma in the butt.

So how do we ask 'R U OK?' 

 
"Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it.
By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask."
 



Click here for local R U OK? Day Events 
Access the full R U OK Website Here

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If you have lost a loved one to Suicide, please seek support from Standby, details below

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ho cares if one more light goes out? Well i do.... #makechesterproud #suicideawareness #ruokday #worldsuicideprevention

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