Intereach urges you to ask ‘R U OK?’

September 13, 2017

Intereach is taking part in R U OK? Day, a mental health initiative that encourages people to check on the well-being of colleagues, family and friends, with the simple question, “Are you ok?”

This Thursday, Intereach Community Hub, ROAR and Ability Links workers will be at the kiosk in Cressy St, Deniliquin.

Local people are invited to stop by the kiosk between 10am and 2.30pm to tie a ribbon on the Intereach tree to show their support for mental health and suicide prevention.

The tree will then be displayed at the Intereach Deniliquin Neighbourhood Centre.

Cupcakes and R U OK merchandise will also be available.

Intereach is working with Wellways, Vinnies Services and Murrumbidgee Local Health Authority to support R U OK Day.

Intereach chief executive officer Sue Mathieson is encouraging everyone to get behind this important day and ask, “R U OK?’’

‘‘By supporting this day we could all be helping to save lives,’’ she said.

‘‘If you are worried about someone it is important to start a conversation with them — find out how they are feeling and support them to get help if they need it.

‘‘Sometimes asking a simple question can help make a difference to a person’s mental health and wellbeing. It might not solve all their problems but it can help to make them feel supported and cared for.

‘‘Intereach has a range of mental health support services available to local people. If you’re feeling down give us a call or drop into our office and find out how we can support you.’’

Intereach is a not for profit community based provider of services to regional, rural and remote communities throughout the Riverina Murray region of NSW.

It works alongside children, families, older people, carers and people with a disability by providing information and support, delivering a range of services or linking people with another service that can better meet their needs.

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