An R U OK? visit to Dubbo is making sure people continue to look out for one another even during a period of disconnection.
The R U OK? team has been in Dubbo this week engaging with businesses, community groups and some schools promoting the Stronger Together campaign.
R U OK? Stronger Together campaign manager Steven Satour met with locals from Wednesday to Friday. The Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara man from Central Australia was joined by R U OK? community ambassador Kevin Heath.
"You don't have to be an expert to have an R U OK? conversation," Mr Satour said.
ALSO MAKING NEWS:
"[The convoy] is really about how we have a conversation at dinner tables and in backyards, at workplaces, on Zoom calls, and just really make sure we're really looking out for one another to make sure we're feeling supported and feeling connected when so many of us are working from home and by ourselves."
The R U OK? Conversation Convoy is hoping to reach out to local communities to ensure they're not only making the most of the existing resources, but understanding the role the organisation can play in developing new resources to meet their needs.
Mr Satour said he also want to ensure his informal chats enforced the importance of having the 'are you okay?' conversation at any time, not just on one day.
"One thing COVID has put a spotlight on it that mental health can affect everybody. In times gone by it's been seen as a thing that just affects a certain amount of people but COVID has shown that it affects all races, all generations, all genders, all religions," he said.
"It's more important than ever to be talking to each other about it."
The campaign manager said he had been really well received in Dubbo.
"It's been really great just to get an understanding of how everyone has been feeling during this COVID time," Mr Satour said.
"October is mental health month so that's part of the reason of our tour, we want to get that face-to-face interaction happening as much as possible and as COVID safe as possible."
He will also be visiting Moree, Walgett, Bourke and Broken Hill.
"Regional communities are some of our hardest-hit but most resilient. Many have faced periods of extended drought, bushfires and more recently felt the impact of COVID-19," R U OK? chief executive officer Katherine Newton said.
"We're encouraging communities to stay connected and check in on each other, while ensuring we remain COVID-19 safe. We want to hear from local communities how they are using our existing resources and understand what role we can play in developing new resource specific to their needs."