Suicide Awareness Week aims to shine light on the importance of suicide prevention, speaking up and checking in regularly with each other by asking the question – ‘R U OK?’
As a result of COVID-19, making sure that we are supporting each other and engaging in regular, meaningful conversations has never been more important – an issue which has not gone unnoticed by our students.
Today I had the pleasure of visiting Latrobe High School to witness some of the wonderful student-led work promoting mental health as part of ‘R U OK’ Day and Suicide Awareness Week.
In order to maintain and build connections with each other and create a supportive environment, students at Latrobe High School have developed the ‘Keeping Connected’ campaign to ensure that all students understand the importance of conversation and connection.
A conversation could change a life, and this year what to say after ‘R U OK’ is a key focus behind awareness activities and resources.
Throughout the week, the student-led events will aim to encourage students to develop skills in conversation and learn about where they can go for help and support if needed.
I am proud to see our learners stepping up to the challenge to promote mental health and suicide awareness among their peers – it’s exciting to see such initiative and drive in our future leaders.