Be bold and ask R U OK?

R U OK? That’s the question of the day.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is urging people in the region to be bold and ask their friends, families, colleagues, and even strangers, if they are OK.

“Starting a conversation and letting someone know you are there for them could change a life,” Mr Grant said.

Now in its eighth year, the highly successful R U OK? Day founded by the late Gavin Larkin, aims to prevent suicide by breaking down barriers to conversations about mental health, and empower people to create connections with those around them.

“If you have a feeling someone you know or care about isn’t being themselves, start a conversation, ask if they are OK, listen, encourage them to seek help and don’t forget to check-in,” Mr Grant said.

“Suicide prevention is not something that charities like R U OK? should have to tackle on their own - it is a responsibility that all of us in the Dubbo Electorate should share.”​

For further information on R U OK? Day go to ruok.org/howtoask.

For mental health assistance or referral to services call the NSW Mental Health Line 24/7 on 1800 011 511.

If you or someone you know needs urgent help call Lifeline on 13 11 14.