RUOK - Depression and Suicide

>>  Thursday, September 15, 2011

Did you ever meet Lori?

Lori  blogged before, throughout and after losing her husband.  He took his own life.

Today is R U OK?Day, an Australian initiative:

A national day of action that aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.

On that day we want everyone across the country, from all backgrounds and walks of life, to ask family, friends and colleagues: "Are you OK?".
Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.
It's so simple but in the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.
Sometimes small actions, the smallest effort, make such a difference. Sometimes I get a tweet or a comment from one of you saying 'how are you?' or 'chin up' and it makes a world of difference to think that someone cared enough to ask.    Please take the time today to say RU OK?


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