R U OK? Day urges Dubbo community to take action

YOU'VE GOT IT: R U OK? campaign director Katherine Newton is asking the community to follow four simple steps. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
YOU'VE GOT IT: R U OK? campaign director Katherine Newton is asking the community to follow four simple steps. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Suicide prevention charity R U OK? is urging the community to take action every day.

September 13 is R U OK? Day which encourages people to check in on their loved ones.

Campaign director Katherine Newton said with about eight people took their lives in Australia each day and many more attempting there was much work to do.

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“Each of us can be there for someone struggling with life by following R U OK?’s Four Steps and pointing people to available help,” Ms Newton said.

“Going forward, we want our statistics to reflect that the majority of Aussies are asking the question anytime they spot the signs that someone they care about is behaving out of the norm.”

A survey undertaken by R U OK? found 51 per cent of people were asked if they were okay when they really needed it. Another 57 per cent of survey participants said in the last 12 months they wanted someone to ask if they were okay, while 52 per cent thought about asking someone if they were okay at least once but didn’t.

Ms Newton said she wanted people asking ‘are you okay?’ every day of the week.