Four simple steps can assist you to support your friends, loved ones and work colleagues who may be experiencing depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
The guidance falls under the national ‘Ask R U OK? Day’, September 14, which aims to encourage people to check in on the mental well being of others.
According to health experts, the first point of action is to engage people in conversation and ask the question, are you okay?
It’s often family, friends and workmates who notice changes in a person’s demeanour and a simple inquiry into their well being might be enough to get them talking and seek help – health experts explain.
The steps are:
- Ask R U OK?
- Encourage action
- Check in
On Wednesday the state government announced they will establish Suicide Prevention Networks in every local area across the state as part of the 2017-21 Suicide Prevention Plan.
In addition, a Suicide Registry will further be created to provide greater understanding of suicidal behaviour to improve practices in response to personal distress.
The plan includes $600,000 put towards providing South Australians with greater access to suicide support services.
A further $130,000 will be spent as part of the 2017 SA Suicide Prevention Community Grants Scheme.
In the region, people can contact Gawler Suicide Prevention – Community Group through their Facebook page message service.
For more information about R U OK? Day, visit www.ruok.org.au and anyone feeling overwhelmed or who needs someone to talk to are urged to speak to their GP or call lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyondblue 1300 22 4636.