Sadly, depression and despair are no strangers to the Clarence and Richmond Valleys and that is why Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis is encouraging locals to pop the question on R U OK? Day, Thursday September 13.
“We have made strong progress on mental health treatment and suicide prevention initiatives but we can and must do more to help those in desperate need,” Mr Gulaptis said.
The MP was speaking ahead of the arrival of the R U OK? Conversation Convoy in Grafton from 10.00am to 11.30am on Tuesday 4 September at Market Square, Grafton.
“Join me and many others there,” Mr Gulaptis urged.
“The event is free, suitable for all ages and you’ll get to meet noted singer/songwriter Tullara Connors, who is R U OK? ambassador.
The R U OK? concept is simple but effective. It is just about being bold and asking friends, families, colleagues, and even strangers, if they are OK.
Now in its ninth year, the highly successful R U OK? day aims to prevent suicide by breaking down barriers to conversations about mental health, and empower people to create connections with those around them.
For further information on R U OK? Day go to www.ruok.org.au.
For mental health assistance call the NSW Mental Health Line 24/7 on 1800 011 511.
If you or someone you know needs urgent help call Lifeline on 13 11 14.