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RUOK? Check in with yourself – check in with others

Is someone you know on struggle street? Are they feeling isolated and anxious about world events? How would YOU know? It may be as simple as picking up the phone.

While the R U OK? movement is celebrated each year in September – the sentiments are applicable all year round…. especially as we face such unusual times. We want to shine a light on the importance of supporting each other and encourages conversations about mental health and wellbeing.

The R U OK? movement was founded by Gavin Larkin in 2009. It inspires and empowers people to have meaningful interactions and make a difference to the small things. Let’s encourage each other, our networks and communities come together to navigate the tricky convos in whatever way is possible at this time of COVID19. Let’s connect and save lives.

Is someone you know:

  • moody, confused or irrational?
  • lonely or lacking self-esteem?
  • becoming withdrawn?
  • experiencing financial difficulty or relationship issues?

A few simple suggestions to lend a helping hand:

  1. Ask R U OK: “how you going?”
  2. Listen without judgement: be patient, listen, stay calm and encourage them to explain how they’re feeling
  3. Encourage Action: “How can I help”, link to available services and support
  4. Follow-up: Check in and reinforce that you’ve got their back

Suicide does not discriminate. Suicide rates are at an all time high. More than 8 deaths by suicide each day in Australia, and 65,300 suicide attempts each year.  (ABS, Causes of Death, 2015).

This is a reminder to check in with others and support anyone who needs a helping hand, because when everyone works together and knows the signs, conversations start and lives are saved.

If you’re worried about someone or need some support, you can jump across to our resources page or find out a little more about the programs on offer across the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District or call one of these local services, many will offer remote consultations :

Headspace 606 High St. Penrith Ph: 4720 8800

Katoomba Community Mental Health 93 Waratah St, Katoomba 2780 Ph: 02 4782 2133

Lithgow Community Mental Health Cnr Col Drewe Drive and Great Western Highway
Lithgow 2790 Ph: 02 6350 2555

Penrith Community Mental Health Soper Pl, Penrith 2750 Ph: 02 4732 9450

Penrith Women’s Health Centre Cnr Henry &, Station St, Penrith 2750 Ph: (02) 4721 8749

Platform Youth Services 570 High St, Penrith 2750 Ph:(02) 4760 0800

Reach Out 1/5 Coombes Dr, Penrith 2750 Ph: 0452 457 945

Relationships Australia Level 2 606 High Street, Penrith, 2750 Ph: 1300 364 277

Springwood Community Mental Health 288-292 Macquarie St, Springwood 2777 Ph: 02 4751 0100

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District