Standby to ask R U OK?

Today people are being encouraged to ask others R U OK?

But what can people do if someone says they are not okay?

Standby Support After Suicide Country North coordinator Jen Snook said it was important for people to know what to do when someone was struggling as more than 3000 Australians suicided each year.

“We promote to ask ‘are you okay?’ but the flipside of that is if someone says ‘no’, what do you do and what do you say?” she said. 

Standby works predominantly with bereaved family members or communities such as schools and workplaces by sending two team members to the house or establishment to “really listen” and gauge the individual’s situation and needs.

“We’re postvention not prevention but we see postvention as prevention,” Ms Snook said.

“People who are bereaved from a suicide are at a much higher risk of then taking their own life as well.”

If you or anyone you know is suffering from mental health issues or suicide, contact the 24-hour hotline on 13 11 14 or the 24-hour Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.​