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R U OK? Day

6 Sep 2012

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon is encouraging the community to participate in R U OK? Day on Thursday 13 September 2012.

Mayor McMahon said the national campaign is dedicated to helping reduce Australia’s high suicide rate.

“Sadly, on average 2,200 Australians take their life each year and 65,000 attempt to,” he said.

“This campaign is simple - it encourages people to reach out to colleagues, friends or loved ones.

“It is about taking a moment to check in and ask ‘Are you okay?’.

“Those simple words could save a life.”

Mayor McMahon said the day was launched at Parliament House in 2009 by the late Gavin Larkin OAM whose own father took his life in 1995.

“R U OK? Day aims to inspire everyone to take responsibility for people in their lives who may be struggling and need an opportunity to say ‘I’m not ok’ to a friend or family member,” he said.

“Regular connection with family, friends and peers can help build a stronger and more resilient community – protecting the people we know and love.

“You don’t have to be an expert to support someone going through a tough time, you just need to be there, listen and take the time to follow up.”

For more information on R U OK? Day visit www.ruokday.com

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Media contact: 
Tanya Abraham
Manager Public Relations and Events
9330 6008 or 0411 748 953


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