Get talking and maybe save a life

NORTHERN Tasmanians are encouraged to take time out to relax and look after each other for just one day next month.

RUOK Day, which falls on September 11, was started in 2009 to raise awareness and prevent suicide by encouraging people to check up on their loved ones.

With suicide the leading cause of death for Tasmanians under 45, headspace project manager Dominique Smith said the day was about providing support to communities, family and friends, particularly when noticing a change in behaviour.

“It’s very important on a community level to raise awareness and respond to people’s feelings and issues,” she said.

She reiterated the message of the day: “A conversation could save a life.”

The RUOK Day working group, made up of representatives from The Salvation Army and headspace, have planned a few events for Launceston.

Various organisations will gather in the Brisbane Street Mall to spread awareness about RUOK day through giveaways and information from 12-2pm.

Shots On Wax will stage live music to coffee from 4-6pm.

Newstead College will also be brightening up the day of strangers by handing out balloons and flowers.

Headspace community liaison officer Alison Filgate and headspace project manager Dominique Smith with bumper stickers  for RUOK Day. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Headspace community liaison officer Alison Filgate and headspace project manager Dominique Smith with bumper stickers for RUOK Day. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

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