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OUR BLOG

R U OK? Day – 8th Sep

September 2, 2016

National ‘R U OK?’ Day (Thursday 8th September 2016) is a national day of action with the aim of preventing suicide. The non-profit organisation was founded by Gavin Larkin in 2009 after the loss of his father.

For many years suicide has been a serious public health concern. Adult males consistently have the highest rate of suicide per year, particularly those aged 85+. In 2014 alone, 2,160 males died by suicide. 704 Females died, again adults being at the highest risk.

Suicide affects families from all walks of life. Young, old, wealthy, poor. Everybody needs to be asked “R U OK?” once in a while.

Connecting with others is an important part of general health and wellbeing. Research shows that talking about problems with someone reduces the level of distress. It is the one simple thing we can all do to help make a huge difference.

You may know someone who is just not themselves, or is experiencing a difficult time in their life.

Sometimes we just don’t feel right. Sometimes everything just feels overwhelming and everyday stress can prevent us from simply enjoying life. It can be a relief to talk to someone. The sooner you take action the sooner you will start feeling better.

Adelaide Road Psychology specialise in helping their clients understand their feelings and improve their wellbeing. Through different therapies and strategies people start to feel better, make positive life changes and start achieving their goals. They are a private practice dedicated to helping their clients in a respectful and safe environment. They have both male and female psychologists and cater from young children through to mature adults.

Often people are hesitant to take the first step. If you are concerned about someone, their psychologists are more than happy for you to accompany them to an appointment just to have a chat.

For more information about their services please ring the clinic on 8523 2766 and speak with their friendly reception staff about your situation. Or alternatively, email clinic@arpsych.com.au and they will give you a call.

Are you or someone you care about in crisis?

In the event of an emergency call 000.

OTHER CONTACTS:

Lyell McEwin Hospital

Haydown Road Elizabeth Vale

Ph 8182 9000

Gawler Hospital

21 Hutchinson Road

Gawler East

Ph 8521 2000

Country Mental Health

Inner North (Gawler/Barossa)

Ph 8521 2080

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636

www.beyondblue.org.au

Lifeline Australia

13 11 14

www.lifeline.org.au

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800 (24/7 crisis support)

www.kidshelp.com.au

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

1800 011 046

www.vvcs.gov.au