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RUOK? Day an opportunity to listen to those around you

RUOK? Or, as it is sounded out, Are You Okay? Thursday 8 September is RUOK? Day, a designated moment in our lives to turn our attention to friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, fellow students and even strangers, and take an interest in their lives. The idea is fairly simple: take the opportunities presented today to ask those you come across RUOK?

The initiative comes with the imprimatur of health minister Sussan Ley.

"Starting a conversation could make a real difference to someone's life," she said. "It could help save a life."

The initiative was started by Steve Larkin 14 years years after his father's suicide. Larkin wanted to start a movement of people taking an interest in each other's lives in order to prevent suicide. RUOK? Day is times to be two days before World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday 10 September 2016.

In the event of someone answering 'no' to the question, askers/listeners can refer those in need of help to:

Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
Multicultural Mental Health Australia
Local Aboriginal Medical Service

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