SOUTH West TAFE students are getting the word out about suicide prevention.
The Certificate II in Community Services students are running a student competition to raise awareness of R U OK? Day.
The R U OK? Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging and enabling all people to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you OK” of anyone struggling with life.
Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for men under 44 and women under 34 and the students have organised a competition calling for students throughout the TAFE to get the message out.
Student Jocelyn Retallack said the initiative highlighted the importance for people to reach out to others.
“It’s important to remind people just to check in with others,” she said.
Course co-ordinator Wendy Lever said R U OK? Day was ultimately about suicide prevention.
She said the students had been learning about how to recognise people who might be suicidal and where to refer people if they were not OK.
Ms Lever said students would judge the competition on the sincerity or creativity of the entry. She said the project meant awareness was being raised at TAFE campuses throughout the south-west.
Ms Lever said the competition closed on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10.
Students can either spell out R U OK using objects typically found in their area of study and take a photo of the design or they can write in 25 words or less why the event is important to them. The winner will be announced on R U OK? Day on September 12.
. If you or someone you know is experiencing an emotional crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Website: lifeline.org.au