Start your conversation with RU OK? says Mayor Yvonne Keane

Asking one simple question could change someone’s life according to Mayor of The Hills Shire, Clr Yvonne Keane.

Mayor Keane is encouraging Hills residents to participate in RU OK Day? this Thursday 8 September, and start a conversation with a friend, family member or colleague.

“RU OK? Day is a fantastic initiative that addresses the very important issue of suicide prevention in our community,” Mayor Keane said.

“It’s easy in this fast-paced life for people to become disconnected from their community, and this can often lead to depression and mental health issues,” she said.

“As part of my vision to create a connected and inclusive community, I’m encouraging everyone to not only participate in this special day, but also to have regular, meaningful conversations and stay connected with each other throughout the year.”

Around 65,000 people attempt suicide each year in Australia – a figure that could potentially be reduced through building stronger community networks, according to Mayor Keane.

“It’s so important that communities work together to support each other – it’s not always easy to identify someone who may be struggling and need help,” she said.

“I’m proud that The Hills Shire Council will be participating in RU OK? Day and I hope that it encourages important conversations that lead to people feeling valued, listened to and able to seek the support they need.”

DETAILS:
RU OK? Day
8 September 2016
A conversation could change a life.
www.ruok.org.au