Mayor of Camden, Cr Therese Fedeli, is calling on residents to check in with their family and friends in support of R U OK? Day this Thursday.
The initiative inspires and empowers everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and start a conversation with those who may be struggling.
Cr Fedeli said it was important for the community to support each other in any way possible throughout the year.
“Connecting with a loved one or friend by asking one simple question can make a real impact to someone’s life,” Cr Fedeli said.
“After living through a challenging two years, many of us need some time to have a chat and get things off our chests.
“You don’t need to be an expert to reach out to someone. All you have to do is be a good listener, encourage the person to seek assistance and check in every now and then.
“I encourage residents to touch base with their family and friends and be there for them if needed.”
Mental health and wellbeing are key focus areas for Camden Council. Council has 22 waste trucks as part of its fleet and each of them have been wrapped with messages to raise awareness of important mental and physical health issues relevant to residents across the Camden area. Four of these are R U OK? messages to raise awareness around suicide prevention.
Council is also encouraging its staff to have conversations with their colleagues and friends with a range of initiatives designed to promote awareness and build knowledge of mental health.