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Facepainting at R U OK Day

Smiles all round at R U OK Day carnival

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 10 September 2015

Students from the Warrnambool Special Development School were introduced to the important R U OK Day message with a carnival on Thursday September 10.

The school’s inaugural R U OK Day event was held at Friendlies Oval and was facilitated by the Warrnambool City Council.

The day featured games, jumping castles, live music, face painting, a barbecue and various activities to help instil the importance of looking out for yourself and your friends.

R U OK Day began in 2009 with the aim of preventing suicide and managing mental health by encouraging people to ask those around them “R U OK?”

Warrnambool Special Development School Assistant Principal Sue Fraser said that the R U OK message was particularly important for young people.

“We are looking to teach students to recognise that a friend may not be feeling OK and show them what they can do to help,” she said.

“It is also about building knowledge and strategies to manage and get help with stress, anxiety and depression.

“We are hoping to run this event each year as it’s a hugely important area for all students’ health.”

Warrnambool City Council Youth Development Planner Ken Radley said that R U OK Day was particularly significant as it empowers everyone to make a difference.

“It’s a really positive message to look after your own mental health and that of your mates,” he said.

“Improving mental health in the community is a key aspect of our health and wellbeing plan and increasing mental health awareness as well as fostering a healthy connection to the community will go a long way to achieving this.”

Thursday’s event at Friendlies Oval was made possible by Brauer College, Warrnambool College, Warrnambool Special Development School, Headspace, Warrnambool Lions Club, Warrnambool City Council Youth Services, Maccas Amusements and Wannon Water.

For more information about R U OK Day, to find help or find help for someone else having a hard time, visit www.ruok.org.au.

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