Help Me Save A Life Next Week- And No Money Asked For- Promise!

ruokI 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 12 September. Together we can save a life, or several. No joke. Here’s how.

I want to spread the word about an incredibly important day, Thursday 12 September. If you get any value out of Possums, then the one thing I ask of you in return is this: retweet this post NOW, ‘Like’ it, pass it on in LinkedIn, do whatever you can to spread the word.

It’s a day that was inspired by a colleague, Gavin Larkin, who sadly passed away about two years ago 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 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 (12 September 2013), 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:

  1. Make a big diary note that Thursday, 12 September is R U OK? Day
  2. Spread the word and tell others to do it too
  3. Think about who you know who might benefit from a quiet conversation, build around ” So- how are you? How are you really?”
  4. Review the R U OK? Website and read more about this day, and review the resources available
  5. And J.F.D.I – Just Fucking Do It on Thursday 12 September.
  6. Tell me how you went- please

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7 Responses to Help Me Save A Life Next Week- And No Money Asked For- Promise!

  1. Jeff Estok September 4, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Hey Chris. A timely reminder. Great to see this continuing to gather momentum.

    Many of us have been touched by the suicide of a mate or colleague, and have forever been haunted by the question ‘Why didn’t he/she talk to me about it’?

    We can’t change the past, but this is a step along the road to changing the future.

    Your efforts are to be commended, and I hope all your readers take up the challenge.

    Jeff Estok

    • Chris Savage September 4, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      Thanks Jeff- appreciated

  2. Jessica Rolinson September 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Thanks Chris for putting this important and very real issue out there.

  3. sunder srinivasan September 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    That is indeed a wonderful idea, and thoughts are very powerful, and as we think we become that. so when we send positive thought energies to near and dear ones, we are becoming healthier and more vibrant. It is a two way process.

  4. Alan Claire September 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi Chris,
    Such an important day today, I am happy to say that after forwarding this blog a few pople came back to me acknowledging that they would do something. I have lost a friend or two over the years.
    Anyway I called a good friend of mine that lives in NZ who was diagnosed with cancer a few years back, shocking to happen to someone in their mid 30’s. W haven’t spoken for about 14 months so it was great to reconnect and just talk and listen to each other.

    we were definitely both better off for the call

    Thanks to you for such a thoughtful blog.


    • Chris Savage September 17, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks Alan!


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