Police and emergency services launch RUOK campaign

Today the ‘Are they Triple OK?’ campaign was launched by R U OK? to encourage stronger peer and social support for police and emergency services workers and volunteers across Australia.

This campaign, which was launched at Police Headquarters today, supports the work SA Police has been doing in the area of mental health.

An R U OK? conversation can change a life which is why SA Police and representatives from agencies across Australia have shared their stories to promote a simple message: ‘We’re always there to help. Let’s make sure we help each other and ask R U OK?’.

The campaign was developed in response to Beyond Blue’s nationwide Answering the Call study, which found that police and emergency services personnel report suicidal thoughts more than twice as often as adults in the general population and are three times more likely to have a suicide plan.

The study has shown that personnel with higher levels of social support and resilience reported lower levels of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

‘Are they Triple OK?’ provides practical resources to build confidence in starting life changing conversations with police and emergency services workers, both at home and in the workplace.

Learn more at www.ruok.org.au/triple-ok

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