R U OK? is the catch cry of the R U OK Foundation. Their mission is to encourage and empower all people to regularly and meaningfully ask ‘are you ok?’ and support those struggling with life. A tough conversation, but undoubtedly an extremely important one.
Last week at the Winegrape growers’ breakfast meetings, Chris Byrne reiterated the importance of looking after both yourself and your family during times of hardship. Rita Perre, Rural Financial Councillor offered support at each of the meetings. She said, “I encourage growers to contact myself or Lloyd to discuss the impact this year’s vintage will have on the ongoing viability of their business and look at ways to minimise the fall-out. Our service is free, confidential and independent”.
These days we understand that issues such as depression or anxiety are not a sign of weakness, but a health condition like any other. That said, many of us “put on a brave face” and don’t seek help when it’s most needed. It’s vital to recognise signs in ourselves and loved ones that it’s time to seek help. These signs include changes to personality and temperament, disinterest, lack of energy or motivation, irritability, alcohol or drug abuse, withdrawal, erratic or out of character behaviour. Support is available 24/7, and remember – it’s never too soon to ask ‘R U OK?’
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636, www.beyondblue.org.au
Lifeline: 13 11 14, www.lifeline.org.au/
Mensline Australia: 1300 789 978
Rural Business Support (Berri)
Rita Perre: 8582 1054, Lloyd Wright: 8582 1100, www.ruralbusinesssupport.org
‘It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help’. Epicurus