Inspire conversations

| September 9, 2014
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Thursday 11 September we are encouraged to meaningfully ask “Are you ok?” There is research suggesting that this simplest of questions can make a difference in suicide prevention.

R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Gavin Larkin in 2009, whose vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide.

A US academic, Dr Thomas Joiner, describes three forces at play in someone at risk of suicide. The first force is the person thinks they’re a burden on others; the second is that they can withstand a high degree of pain; and the third is they don’t feel connected to others.

By inspiring people to take the time to ask “are you ok?” and listen, we can help people struggling with life feel connected long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “are you ok?” is a great place to start.

For more information on how to ask, where to find help, fundraising and event ideas go to the R U OK? website.

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Emma has an ongoing interest in government and public policy and has been working for institute for active policy, Global Access Partners, since 2016. Emma is a qualified lawyer and previously a long-term employee of Bazmark Inq. the production company of Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.

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