“R U OK?” Day at CMC 2016

Free brekkie, face painting, temporary tattoos and a swarm of students colored in yellow – CMC’s very own “R U OK?” day was filled with positive vibes and smiles in order to raise awareness for mental health.

By Sean McParland

If you were there Wednesday morning, you knew just how great it was to see all the students and teachers with huge smiles on their faces whilst walking into school. It certainly was a morning filled with positive energy and a great start to a great day!

R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
Their goals are to:
  1. Boost confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life’s ups and down
  2. Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others
  3. Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us
  4. Be relevant, strong and dynamic

It’s this lack of connection (or lack of belonging) that they want to prevent. By inspiring people to take the time to ask “are you ok?” and listen, we can help people struggling with life and connect to them long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “are you ok?” is a great place to start.

For facts about suicide in Australia following this link: http://www.mindframe-media.info/for-courts/media-coverage-of-suicide-and-the-courts/facts-and-stats

If you want to help, get involved and start the conversation, follow this link: https://www.ruok.org.au/get-involved

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