Check in on R U OK? Day

Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times
Headspace community engagement officer Penny McCall is encouraging people to take part in R U OK? Day.
Camera IconHeadspace community engagement officer Penny McCall is encouraging people to take part in R U OK? Day. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

The meaningful conversations people have on R U OK? Day are invaluable, according to headspace Bunbury manager Marie Eckersley.

The annual day encourages people to check in with family, friends and colleagues and start a conversation by asking “are you OK?”

Ms Eckersley said the day was about encouraging people to have this conversation every day of the year.

“Having meaningful conversations with people is extremely important and this is something that headspace Bunbury supports every day of the year,” she said.

“At headspace Bunbury we see the difference it makes for a young person who is struggling to have the appropriate space to share their feeling and thoughts.”

The headspace Bunbury team has been spreading the message of R U OK? Day to a number of schools in the region. Yesterday, headspace Bunbury community engagement officer Penny McCall said she enjoyed being able to chat with students at the various schools.

“It is great to chat to young people and discuss how we can look out for our mates and the important role we play as a friend,” she said.

“Headspace Bunbury have been approached by a number of schools and workplaces who are getting on board and spreading awareness in their communities.

“Mental health affects everyone so it is exciting to see lots of different areas of the community sharing the message.

“On the day, headspace Bunbury will be stopping by Coffee Cat, who are serving all of their coffees for the day in R U OK? cups and checking in with their customers.”

If you are aged 12-25 and having a tough time, call headspace Bunbury on 6164 0680.

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