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Are you OK?  Three words that could make a huge difference to someone you know.

If you are like me I am sure you know AT LEAST one person who has committed suicide. When it happens it devastates whole communities of people and leaves everyone wondering “why didn’t I do something?”

Thursday 7 October, 2010 is R U OK Day. A national day of action that aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.

Keeping in touch with others is crucial for our health and wellbeing, helping us to cope with stressful events. And having regular, meaningful conversations is simple; you don’t need special training to do it.

R U OK day aims to inspire all Australians (and lets be honest… ANY ONE ANYWHERE)  that they can have an immediate impact on our country’s shockingly high suicide rate by reaching out and making contact with others.

Most people don’t openly share their feelings, particularly when they’re struggling so don’t wait for a sign – trust your instincts. A conversation could change a life. It’s so simple but in the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.

If you need tips on how to start an R U OK conversation please leap on over to this page at the R U OK website.

But the challenge is bigger than just participating in this day… WE ALL need to be more aware of what is happening to the people we love and the people we work with and do our part to help support each other.

PLEASE….. use R U OK day to kick start a change in your life by having an R U OK conversation, then make it a mission to have these conversations regularly,  having the R U OK conversations can enrich your life and may well put someone on a path to getting the assistance they really need but have been reluctant to ask for……..