RUOK? Day: Local cafe taking part

StandBy Support after Suicide Coordinator (Southern Country SA) Tracey Wanganeen has invited cafes across the region to participate in RU OK? Day today.

Many cafes across the region, including Sweet Espresso in Naracoorte, have taken on the challenge to ask their customers ‘“RU OK?’” today.

Staff will wear RU OK? Stickers and have on hand support lines and websites for those who are not okay in need of assistance.

Ms Wanganeen said that it’s a gentle way of giving customers the encouragement to ask their loved ones, friends and work colleagues ‘RU OK?’.

“For those who have lost a loved one to suicide in the past, it is especially important to offer support and friendship,” Ms Wanganeen said. “RU OK? Day gives us a great opportunity to connect and ask in a meaningful way to see if they are OK.

“Some conversations are too big for family and friends to tackle alone and it’s important to take the time to ask and listen.

“Often it is the small things that can make a difference, just taking the time to have a coffee and chat can make a massive difference in someone’s life.

“We know that regional communities often are quite resilient but also some of ourcommunity members need a gentle reminder that it is OK to ask for help and that being tough sometimes comes at a cost.

“Encouraging people to seek help can assist in reducing the stigma of suicide and mental illness in our communities.

“So we hope this small action from local cafes encourages those needing help to seek assistance and reduces the stigma of suicide for our community,” Ms Wanganeen said.

To contact StandBy Support After Suicide, please call Ms Wanganeen in Southern SA on 0437 752 458

For additional support call the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or Lifeline on 131 114.