RUOK Day is aimed to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to inform and engage community members from the Bundaberg Region about mental health and wellbeing.
On Thursday, 12 September a morning tea will be held at three local community conversation benches, where people can join others who believe that asking “are you ok?” is something we can all do to make a difference.
The three RUOK Day events will start at 10am and be held at BRAG Park Bundaberg, Childers Library and the old Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre.
Bundaberg Regional Council community and cultural services portfolio spokeswoman Cr Judy Peters said Bundaberg became home to Australia's public first RUOK? community conversation space in September 2016 and it was a wonderful initiative to help start discussion.
Cr Peters said the benches played an important role where a simple conversation could play a big part in helping a friend, family member or colleague cope with emotional and personal issues.
“The RUOK conversation bench is a reminder to our community to start the conversation, and it really is as simple as asking someone how they have been doing and making sure they are okay,” she said.
“Together as a community we can get the conversation started.”
Cr Peters invited all community members to sit down for a cuppa and morning tea at one of the three conversation benches and ask the simple question, RUOK?
RUOK Day events
- Bundaberg – BRAG Park: Come along and grab a free cuppa and scones from the Pensioners League and enjoy morning tea in the park.
- Childers Library: Come along join us for a relaxing coffee and morning tea at the Childers Library beach – wear your beach gear.
- Old Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre: Community members are invited to have a conversation over a coffee and morning tea and are asked to RSVP by 9 September for catering purposes by phoning 4130 4630.
Bundaberg Regional Council work with the community towards reducing the stigma of mental illness and developing ways to inform and engage all community members in the Bundaberg Region about metal health and wellbeing.
Since the initiative started in 2016, there are now over 80 R U Ok Local Champions across the Bundaberg Region, and at local high schools.
Councils Youth Development Officers also run workshops in workplaces and community groups to increase their knowledge and confidence in having the R U Ok conversation.
For more information about R U OK Day phone the Youth Development Officer on 1300 333 000.
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