HARD CHAT: Students from all grades at St Joseph's dressed in yellow to support R U OK? Day today.
HARD CHAT: Students from all grades at St Joseph's dressed in yellow to support R U OK? Day today. Contributed

Get talking on R U OK? Day

IT'S time to get talking. With a simple chat you could save a life.

Today is R U OK? Day, a suicide prevention initiative inspiring people to reach out to someone who may be struggling with the pressures of life.

It aims to change the way people think about looking after their mental health.

The message isn't targeted at any particular age, demographic or gender - it's for everybody.

Staff and students at St Joseph's School got behind the initiative today, with everyone encouraged to wear yellow.

St Joseph's Student Representative Council and Head of Pastoral Care, Mrs Lorien Kirby, helped organise today's list of activities.

Students played teachers in basketball, Headspace ran a stall, there were guest speakers and 'conversation corners'.

"The day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, R U OK?, in a meaningful way, because connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference to anyone who might be struggling,” Mrs Kirby said.

Highlighting the importance of starting a conversation, 'conversation corners' were set up around the school and decorated with posters and stickers reminding students to stop and to start a conversation.

Earlier in the week, students were also involved in short lessons on how to have meaningful conversations with their friends and become good listeners.

Guest speaker Kath Ives, community volunteer from 'Happy Chat', addressed the assembly on the importance of checking in with your friends.

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