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R U OK?

By hello 19 Sep, 2017

The R U OK? Conversation Convoy aimed to inspire every Aussie, no matter their location, to invest more time in the people around them and give them the skills, motivation and confidence to start a conversation with anyone they may be worried about.

Here's what was achieved over our six week journey:

By hello 13 Sep, 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull address: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3nd7biyttpqd8v0/RUOKvideo.mov?dl=0


AFTER   travelling 14,000 km and hosting 30 events across the country, R U OK?’s Conversation Convoy has pulled up at its final destination on the Esplanade in Cairns, in time for R U OK?Day, 14 September.

 

The conclusion of the Convoy is marked by a three-hour concert featuring some of the most talented ambassadors – including Ben Lee, Travis Collins, Louise Adams, Steven Oliver, Tullara Connors, Big T, James Van Cooper and former Skunkhour front man and brother of R U OK? founder, Aya Larkin.

 

The R U OK? Rocks Cairns concert brings artists and performers together to highlight the importance of mateship and connection. Los Angeles based Australian performer Ben Lee said, “I’m a big believer in the power of human beings connecting with each other. It’s a simple remedy to so many of life’s problems.”

 

The Conversation Convoy hit the road after research indicated that one in three Australians are still uncomfortable asking, ‘Are you ok,’ of those who are struggling with life.

 

With suicide rates over 2.5 times higher in many regional and remote areas of the country, the Convoy visited communities in the NT, the Kimberley in WA and across the Nullabor to towns as far inland as Bourke, NSW to promote the four steps to having a conversation; Ask, Listen, Encourage action  and   Check in.

 

According to The Centre for Regional and Remote Mental Health, people in major cities are twice as more likely to access a psychologist than their regional and remote counterparts.

 

CEO Brendan Maher said R U OK? wanted to show all Australians they have a set of resources at hand to check in with anyone they might be worried about.

 

“We already have assets available to us, those being our eyes, ears and mouths which are sometimes held hostage by fear and stigma,” he said.

 

“We are trying to create a world where those who are struggling receive the love, care and support they need from the people around them. We all have what it takes to ask someone if they’re ok and if they’re not, that’s where the four steps can help navigate a path to help-seeking.

 

“We know our 2017 Conversation Convoy has planted seeds in the communities we’ve visited and passed through. We hope it acts as a spring board to asking people if they’re ok 365 days a year, not just on our big day.”

 

For the fourth year in a row, Conversation Partner Virgin Mobile is offering their customers free standard calls within Oz today to check in with family and friends.

 

‘R U OK? Rocks Cairns’ on R U OK?Day

Where: Fogarty Park Sound Shell, The Esplanade, Cairns.

When: 7.30am to 11am

ENDS

 

For support at any time of day or night, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For more info, visit ruok.org.au.

 

For interview, image requests or survey results, please contact:

Cairns:

Lizzy Thomas:  lizzythomas@liquidideas.com.au  or 0400 922 919

Lisa Minner: lisa@ruok.org.au or 0456 475 033

Sydney:

Tess McPherson: tessmcpherson@liquidideas.com.au 02 9667 4211 or 0432 101 113

Simone Smith: simonesmith@liquidideas.com.au 02 9667 4211 or 0422 046 342

 

 

Available for interviews:

  • Brendan Maher, R U OK? CEO
  • Katherine Newton, R U OK? Campaign Director
  • Rachel Clements, R U OK? Conversation Expert and Clinical Psychologist
  • Ben Lee, R U OK? Supporter
  • Steve “Commando” Willis, R U OK? Ambassador
  • Travis Collins, R U OK? Ambassador and performer
  • Louise Adams, R U OK? Ambassador and performer
  • Big T, R U OK? Ambassador and performer
  • Aya Larkin, R U OK? Board member and former Skunkhour lead singer
  • Tullara Connors, R U OK? Ambassador and performer
  • James Van Cooper, R U OK? Ambassador and performer

 

  Notes to Editors:

R U OK?

  • R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life
  • R U OK?Day is a national day of action, held on the Thursday 14 September, 2017
  • Every day is the day to start a conversation. Conversation tips and crisis numbers can be found at ruok.org.au

 

 

The research was conducted on behalf of R U OK? by Colmar Brunton and via the Colmar Brunton and Your Source Omnibus, which interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,025 Australian adults (aged 18+). It excludes people who’ve participated in the previous three weeks and data is post weighted to ABS proportions. The margin of error associated with the results is +/- 3.0%.

 

*The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health:  https://www.crrmh.com.au/content/uploads/Briefing-Paper_FINAL_11052017.pdf

 

Thank you to our sponsors: Liptember, Hungry Jacks, Flight Centre Foundation, Virgin Mobile and the Audi Foundation.

By hello 12 Sep, 2017

The Convoy was greeted by balmy ocean breezes and sunny skies in the tropical far north Queensland, town.

CEO Brendan Maher welcomed around 120 guests to the event that included activations based on embedding the four steps to starting a life changing conversation.

Ask, Listen, Encourage action and Check in.

Mental health service providers like Townsville Suicide Prevention Network, VVCS, Mates in Construction, Healthecare, Standby, and Rural and Remote Mental Health had stands at the event to highlight services available to anyone locally who might be going through a rough patch.

Other guests included Professor Gracelyn Smallwood, JCU Townsville Fire basketball team members, Invictus Games team member Davin Bretherton and the Army’s 1RAR band.

The local Townsville Northern Suburb Lions Club kept the masses fed and watered with a BBQ.

Maher spoke about the importance of checking in with friends and loved ones, especially in towns where services were sometimes difficult to access. He said the R U OK? team wanted to show all Australians they have a set of resources at hand to check in with anyone they might be worried about.

“We already have assets available to us, those being our eyes, ears and mouths which are sometimes held hostage by fear and stigma,” he said.

The event was officially opened by Councillor Les Walker and Mayor Jenny Hill welcomed the Convoy to Townsville.

Cr Hill reiterated the importance of the Townsville community asking the question of anyone they might be worried about to reduce the rising rates of suicide in Townsville and across Australia.

Maher then conducted a Q&A with R U OK? Ambassadors ‘Commando’ Steve Willis and former local comedian and actor, Steven Oliver.

The Convo Convoy will hit the road to Cairns tomorrow for their final event which will culminate in a R U OK? Rocks Cairns concert at Soundshell on the Esplanade in Cairns on R U OK?Day, Thursday September 14.

The event will kick off at 7.30am and conclude around 11am.

For support at any time of day or night, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Lisa Minner: lisa@ruok.org.au  or 0456 475 033

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By hello 19 Sep, 2017

The R U OK? Conversation Convoy aimed to inspire every Aussie, no matter their location, to invest more time in the people around them and give them the skills, motivation and confidence to start a conversation with anyone they may be worried about.

Here's what was achieved over our six week journey:

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