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The R U OK? vision is a world where we're all connected and protected from suicide. Our mission is to inspire and empower people to meaningfully connect with those in their world and lend support when they are struggling with life.

Our work focuses on building the motivation, confidence, and skills of the help-giver – the person who can have a meaningful conversation with someone who is struggling with life.

R U OK? contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building the capacity of informal support networks – friends, family and colleagues - to be alert to those around them, have a conversation if they identify signs of distress or difficulty and connect someone to appropriate support, long before they're in crisis.

About 8 people take their lives every day in Australia

Sadly, for every death, an estimated 30 people will attempt suicide

9 in 10 people report knowing someone who has made an attempt

The R U OK? Story

In 1995, much-loved Barry Larkin was far from OK. His suicide left family and friends in deep grief and with endless questions. His son Gavin Larkin chose to champion just one question to honour his father and to try and protect other families from the pain his had endured. That question was, 'are you OK?'. 

While collaborating on a documentary to raise awareness, Gavin and the team quickly realised the documentary alone wouldn’t be enough.

To genuinely change behaviour across Australia, a national campaign was needed. From this realisation R U OK? was born.

Gavin remained a passionate champion of the fact that a conversation could change a life right until cancer ended his in 2011. His legacy is a national Conversation Movement that is equipping Australians with the skills and confidence to support those struggling with life.

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How your fundraising helps

Your fundraising efforts for R U OK? can help in many ways. Every time you post about your fundraiser you are helping to raise awareness and remind your friends and family to check in on each other.
Every dollar that you raise helps R U OK? create and provide more free resources to schools, communities and workplaces all over Australia.

By inspiring people to take the time to ask “Are you OK?” and listen, we can help people struggling with life to feel connected long before they even think about suicide.

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