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The importance of this year’s RUOK? Day

Michael McLaren

Michael is joined by Lifeline Australia Chair John Brogden, regarding the importance of this year’s RUOK? Day which comes as a timely reminder of the stress suffered by many Australians due the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.


R U OK? is an Australian non-profit suicide prevention organisation, founded by advertiser Gavin Larkin in 2009. It revolves around the slogan “R U OK?” (are you okay?), and advocates for people to have conversations with others.


Held annually on the second Thursday of September, RUOK? Day encourages Australians to connect with people who have emotional insecurity, to address social isolation and promote community cohesiveness.


In a 12-month period, it is estimated that 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt, with an average of 2,320 people dying by suicide every year.


The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing of adults estimated that around 45 per cent of the Australian population in the 16-85 age bracket will experience mental illness in their lifetime, while 20 percent of the population experience a common mental disorder in the previous 12 months.


If you need professional support, please contact your doctor, local health centre or one of the services listed below.


Family and friends can also call upon these services for advice and assistance on how to support someone who is struggling with life.


Adult Support Services:

Lifeline 13 HELP (13 43 57)

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636


Children and young people Support Services:

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

Headspace 1800 650 890

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Michael McLaren