Schools, government departments, workplaces and community organisations across Canberra will join together tomorrow to help raise awareness about suicide prevention for R U OK? Day and World Suicide Prevention Day.

Member for Molonglo, Meegan Fitzharris MLA attended a breakfast at Parliament House this morning to promote this year’s R U OK? theme, ‘Thanks for Asking’.

“This year’s theme encourages us to write a note of thanks to someone who has reached out to us at some point, and supported us when we needed it most. 

“It recognises the importance of having a two-way conversation, and that by simply saying ‘thanks’ to someone who has reached out, you are taking the first step,” said Ms Fitzharris.

The ACT Government has had formal suicide prevention plans in place since 2005, and ACT Health is currently working on a whole of government, whole of community combined suicide prevention and mental health and wellbeing plan that will drive action through to 2025.

“While we live in an incredibly beautiful city and generally enjoy a high standard of living, we are not immune to the challenges and struggles life throws at us. 

“Suicide affects too many Canberrans and every life lost leaves a profound sense of grief in our community.

“Coming together to recognise the importance of checking in with one another and breaking the silence around the issue of suicide really can help, which is what RU OK? Day is all about,” Ms Fitzharris said.

R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2009 to connect people and help prevent suicide in the community through the meaningful task of asking someone “are you okay?”

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