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Minister spreads positive mental health message

Friday, 12th September, 2014

Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre staff (from left) Mark Richards, Brad Pettitt, and Alyce Craker get into the spirit of ‘R U OK?’ Day yesterday. Far West Mental Health Recovery Centre staff (from left) Mark Richards, Brad Pettitt, and Alyce Craker get into the spirit of ‘R U OK?’ Day yesterday.

It mightn't always be an easy question to ask, but sometimes asking our family, friends, neighbours and colleagues"are you OK?" can
make a world of difference to their mental health.

That's the message Minister for Mental Health Jai Rowell highlighted yesterday as part of the national "R U OK?" Day suicide prevention initiative.

Mr Rowell said he was pleased to see the message behind the day had touched so many people.

"'R U OK?' Day is one of those fantastic initiatives that enjoys such an outstanding level of community support, and that is because it has such a simple message that we can all make a powerful difference in the lives of those we care about," Mr Rowell said.

"Today there are hundreds of community events taking place right across Australia to raise awareness for this cause because people recognise how important it is to break down the stigma often associated with depression and mental illness.

"Talking about mental health issues is often a tough topic to address, but 'R U OK?' aims to assist people to start the most important conversation they may ever have."

Those who wish to find out more about how they can start a conversation with a mate, or to find out how to donate to this worthy cause, head to www.ruok.org.au.

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