Are you ok?

After World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday last, my good friend Lauren Foley has posted a great piece about an Australian follow-up. Yesterday down under was R U OK? Day, which sounds like an good approach to the stigma many people feel in opening up about depression and mental health issues – taking the first step to let them know it’s ok to open up.

I’ve written here before about the importance of talking, and of friends and family, in dealing with mental heath issues, and I think asking people “Are you ok?” is something we could all do with putting into practice with friends and family any and every day.

Have a read of Lauren’s post, and take a note of the resources she’s listed at the end.

A Year in South Australia

Yesterday, I discovered that today is R U OK? DAY in Australia, it is:

“A national day of action on the second Thursday of September (12 September 2013), dedicated to reminding people to regularly check in with family and friends.”

It is a mental health initiative in support of suicide awareness and prevention. In Ireland we have a comparable initiative Darkness into Light from the highly commendable organisation Pieta House.

I personally know a handful of people who have committed suicide. Or should that be I personally knew? It’s one of those topics it’s easy to be unaccustomed to discussing openly, isn’t it? Suicide. The people I knew were all contemporaries of mine, we were all born in the same decade, some I knew very well, others I knew more loosely as friends or acquaintances. It is odd, reflecting on them openly now, how they have unthinkingly become a…

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