Journal article

Stimulating community action for suicide prevention: findings on the effectiveness of the Australian R U OK? Campaign

Katherine Mok, Robert Donovan, Barbara Hocking, Brendan Maher, Rebecca Lewis, Jane Pirkis

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

R U OK? is an Australian-based organisation that aims to prevent suicide by empowering and encouraging community members to have regular, meaningful conversations with those around them by asking, ‘Are you ok?’ One of the organisation’s main activities is ‘R U OK? Day’, a national day of action held in Australia every year to remind people of the importance of connecting with and supporting those around them who may be troubled. This paper primarily examines data from a 2014 Australia-wide population survey evaluating the effectiveness of the R U OK? campaign in promoting its message. Following R U OK? Day in 2014, approximately two-thirds of participants reported being aware of R U OK?, wit..

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