Help Me Save a Life Next Week- Promise- And No Money Asked For
I wrote a post once about knowing when to ‘turn up.’ Read it again or read it for the first time. Please. And then join me please in turning up next week, on Thursday 13 September. Together we can save a life, or several. No joke. Here’s how.
CEO Mike suggested I use Possums this week to spread the word about an incredibly important day, Thursday 13 September. It’s a day that was inspired by a colleague, Gavin Larkin, who sadly passed away late last year after a long illness. This day is one of his many legacies of an action packed life well led. Gavin made a massive contribution, and we miss him.
It’s a day he designed, with others, and is built around saving lives by asking one very simple question. Here it is.
Are you ok?
From the R U OK? Website – R U OK?Day is a national day of action on the second Thursday of September (13 September 2012), dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to regularly ask each other ‘Are you ok?’
R U OK?Day is a national day of action dedicated to inspiring all Australians (and applies too to you Possum readers overseas) to ask family, friends and colleagues, ‘Are you ok?’ By regularly reaching out to one another and having open and honest conversations, we can all help build a more connected community and reduce our country’s high suicide rate.
More than 2,200 Australians suicide each year and men are around 3 times more likely to die by suicide than females (ABS 2012). For each person that takes their life, another 30 people attempt to end their own life (SANE Australia).
Most people don’t openly share their feelings, particularly if they’re struggling. The best thing we can all do is regularly talk to the people we care about – regardless of whether they are at risk – because connection is good for us all.
In the time it takes to have your coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.
Possums readers- my challenge to you- Who will you ask?
How can a conversation change a life?
Connection and open, honest conversations are good for our wellbeing – whether or not we’re struggling with a problem. It helps us to feel valued and supported by the people around us. There’s also an emerging body of research which links supportive social relationships and a sense of social connection with protective factors in suicide prevention.
What to do next…please:
- Make a big diary note that Thursday, 13 September is R U OK? Day
- Spread the word and tell others to do it too
- Think about who you know who might benefit from a quiet conversation, build around ” So- how are you? How are you really?”
- Review the R U OK? Website and read more about this day, and review the resources available
- And J.F.D.I – Just Fucking Do It on Thursday 13 September.
- Tell me how you went- please