Today is R U OK? Day, a day to take time to ask those around you who appear to be struggling: "Are you okay?"
While it's rarely talked about, each year more than 2100 Australians die from suicide. And for every person who dies in this way, it is estimated at least another 30 attempt suicide.
It's the biggest killer of men between the ages of 15 and 35 but we can all help prevent some of these tragic deaths.
"R U OK?Day is about stopping little problems turning in to big ones, says the co-founder and director of R U OK? Day, Janina Nearn.
"Asking 'Are you okay?' and listening to the answer is a something that needs to be done every day, not just on September 15. However, by having a national day of action we are reminding people of the importance of staying connected."
R U OK? Day organisers aim to reduce the number of suicides each year by encouraging everyone to reach out to someone who might need your help, as research has shown that talking about suicide with someone at risk reduces the chance of them taking their own life.
How to start a conversation
The R U OK? website explains how to engage in an effective conversation by:
- taking the lead, showing initiative and asking, "Are you okay?"
- using ice-breakers;
- practising your listening skills;
- being encouraging; and
- being helpful.
"In only three years R U Ok? Day has gained huge momentum nationally," said Janina.
"Including support from celebrities, sports personalities plus the health sector, which for the first time has come together for R U OK? Day to provide clarity on the support that is available in Australia."
To be a part of R U OK? Day go to www.ruokday.com.au to register and view stories of inspiration plus download free resources.
Watch the video of Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts, above to find out more.
Read what readers had to say about R U OK? Day this year and last and leave your comments about this year's event below.