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12 September 2014 | General Interest

Thomas Carr College Students Give the Thumbs Up to “R U OK?” Day

On Thursday 11 September, Thomas Carr College took part in a headspace “R U OK”? Day by adding their thumbprint to a giant canvas and pledging to ask a friend “R U OK?” Headspace Werribee Education Coordinator Imogen Dayman, and Student Wellbeing Staff at Thomas Carr College organized the activity to raise awareness among Year 7 and 8 students about the importance of getting help when you need it, and checking in with friends and loved ones they are concerned about.

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Imogen Dayman addressed the students telling them of the services and support that is available from headspace right on their door step in Werribee. Ms Susan Ward, Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator at the College, said that students are never too young to ask “are you okay?” “We want to inspire students, even the younger ones, to connect regularly with each other and reach out to others when life gets a bit tough or stressful,” Ms Ward said.

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R U OK? Day is an annual day in September dedicated to remind people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, "R U OK?", in a meaningful way, this small thing everyone can do to make a difference and even save lives. R U OK? is a not-for-profit suicide prevention organisation founded by Australians, Gavin Larkin and Janina Nearn in 2009. On the R U OK? website Mr Larkin states that "Getting connected and staying connected is the best thing anyone can do for themselves and for those who may be at risk." Since its inception in 2009, many Australian celebrities and athletes have enlisted as ambassadors and supporters to help raise awareness. Well known faces like Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Simon Baker and gold medal Olympian Libby Tricket have championed its cause.

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Headspace centre is located at 5 Duncans Road Werribee open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm contact 8001 2366 or check the website for more details www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/headspace-werribee