R U OK ? at school suicide prevention program launched

The R U OK? Foundation is taking suicide prevention to the schoolyard, launching the R U OK? at School program. Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler today launched the program, developed in partnership with online youth mental health initiative ReachOut.com, with Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese at Canterbury Boys High School to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Mr Butler said the program will help Australian teenagers better support each other in the schoolyard and in the community. "Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people so clearly we have to find ways to help teenagers talk about the issues affecting them before those issues escalate."

In the past five years, an average of 2,100 Australians have died by suicide each year, accounting for more than one fifth of all deaths in teenagers, and more than transport accidents during the same period.

R U OK?Day falls on Thursday 13 September 2012. For more information and resources, visit the R U OK? at School program.

Press release

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