There has been a focus on mental health and suicide prevention this month with World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday and R U OK Day today. World Mental Health Day is also coming up on 10th October.
Over the years and more recently these “days” have attracted some criticism as being tokenistic and/or giving people the impression that the community is wholly responsible for preventing suicide.
From a professional perspective, these days are all about acknowledging mental
**ＴＲＵＳＴ ＴＨＥ ＳＩＧＮＳ， ＴＲＵＳＴ ＹＯＵＲ ＧＵＴ ** The theme for this year’s R U OK? Day on 12th September is “trust the signs, trust your gut and ask R U OK?” There are often signs that indicate that people are struggling emotionally. We don’t always know what to look out for, can lack confidence or be unsure how to respond to a loved one, colleague or someone else when you do pick up something is wrong.
In hindsight it can become clearer that there were signs that a person had been stru