South Australians are being urged to check on the mental wellbeing of friends, family and workmates as part of today’s R U OK? Day.
Events are being held around the country as part of the campaign that aims to support people experiencing mental health problems by simply engaging them in a meaningful conversation about how they are going.
Mental Health Minister Leesa Vlahos said family, friends and workmates are often the first to notice changes in demeanour and a simple inquiry into their wellbeing might be enough to get them talking and potentially seeking help.
Yesterday, Ms Vlahos announced that the State Government will establish Suicide Prevention Networks in every local government area across South Australia as part of the 2017-21 Suicide Prevention Plan.
A South Australian Suicide Registry will also be created to provide greater understanding of suicidal behaviour to improve practices in response to personal distress.
The plan includes $600,000 toward providing South Australians with greater access to suicide support services.
A further $130,000 is being spent as part of the 2017 South Australian Suicide Prevention Community Grants Scheme.
For more information about R U OK? Day visit www.ruok.org.au
Quotes attributable to Mental Health Minister Leesa Vlahos
Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues affect so many people in our community and R U OK? Day presents an opportunity to start a meaningful conversation with someone who may be struggling.
By starting a conversation you could help that family member, friend or workmate to start talking about what is impacting them and how they may seek help.
We know that less than half of the people who suicide in South Australia each year actually sought help.
So I really urge people to have a look at the resources on the R U OK? Day website and have a conversation with someone who you think may be struggling.
If they are ok, than at least they know you care.
Anyone feeling overwhelmed or who needs someone to talk to are urged to speak to their General Practitioner or call Lifeline 13 11 14 or beyondblue 1300 22 4636