About eight people die by suicide in Australia every day and for each death, it is estimated at least another 30 people attempt to end their own life.
Between 2007 and 2016, Tasmania averaged six deaths to suicide a month - the second highest rate of suicide in Australia.
On September 12, R U OK? Day serves as a national day of action designed to encourage everyone to check-in with their friends and family and support those who might be struggling.
On the back of a national KPMG report warning suicide suicide deaths could grow by up to 40 per cent nationally in the next decade, Headspace Launceston community liaison officer Alison Filgate said it had never been more important to talk and listen.
"For us, we try to promote R U OK? Day to be every day," she said.
"It is always worth checking in on people, but it's a good way to highlight it and start those conversations and assist people that it's OK to ask and it's OK to share those feelings.
"We need to encourage communities to build and maintain a support system that fundamentally works to prevent suicide and improve the mental illness statistics."
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Now in its 11th year, R U OK? Day encourages friends, families, loved ones and workmates to ask the question of anyone they are worried about, in a genuine and meaningful way.
However, Ms Filgate said listening was often just as important as asking the question.
"I've been at Headspace for over seven-and-a-half years now and I think it's changed quite a lot," she said.
"I think people are feeling more comfortable when they know they don't need to have an answer, they just need a listening ear.
"To stop and listen - I think people are doing it way better.
"That young people and older people are happy to stop and ask that question and not feel like they are being judged.
"The stigma is reducing, which is really good, but we still have a long way to go."
Headspace provides counselling and support services for youth aged between 12 and 25.
Ms Filgate said mental illness does not discriminate, however deaths by suicide in Australia occur among men at a rate three-times higher than that of females.
"Statistics show us that males talk a lot less than females," she said.
"Females are happy to chat, to cry and it's a much higher percentage of females than males who we see.
"But it's at any age as well and all walks of life.
"So check in with your mates at work, start those conversations and be observant."
- For crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.