The annual R U OK Day reminds us to stay connected, have meaningful conversations and encourage more people to ask R U OK at work, school and in the community. The website includes suggestions for simple steps that could save a life :

1. Ask

2. Listen

3. Encourage action

4. Check in

There are conversations tips, videos of how to ask and resources including how to find professional help if needed if the conversation becomes too big for family and friends.

Lifeline provides directory of free or low cost health and community services available in Australia for areas such as domestic violence, family and children's services, financial assistance and mental health services at

BeyondNow suicide safety plan app helps create a safety plan in crisis and distress, ideally with support from your health professional or someone you trust, to work through when you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings, distress or crisis. The app is available to download and to read further about the app, see

The Headgear app provides workers with a simple and anonymous way to assess and monitor your mental health. The app was developed by researchers at the University of Sydney and the Black Dog Institute. The app guides the user through a 30 day mental health challenge aiming to increase wellbeing and reduce risk of future mental health problems.

moodGYM is an online self-help program that has been available since 2001, using cognitive behaviour training to develop skills to manage depression and anxiety symptoms. The program allows real-time self monitoring of problem moods, thoughts and behaviours via mobile phone or computer. Those using the programme monitor three symptoms of their choice or three recommended to them by myCompass through answering the profiling questionnaire ( eg stress, depression, confidence, worry, irritability, motivation, diet and medication use) See

myCompass is a self-help tool for mental health, providing proven techniques to help manage stress, anxiety and depression.

If you are worried about someone and feel urgent professional support is needed, contact your local doctor, other agencies include

- Lifeline, 1311 14 for 24/7 crisis support, the Suicide Call Back at 1300 659 467, kidshelpline at 1800 55 1800 for counselling to young people under 25 years, and Griefline on 1300 845 745

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