Events in Murraylands to prompt asking the question

LENDING A HAND(BALL): Murray Mallee General Practice Network's Lisa Courtney and Rambler coach Adrian 'Flash' Gregory with the R U OK? footballs. Photo: Supplied.

LENDING A HAND(BALL): Murray Mallee General Practice Network's Lisa Courtney and Rambler coach Adrian 'Flash' Gregory with the R U OK? footballs. Photo: Supplied.

Various events and initiatives on R U OK? Day across the Murraylands are designed to start conversations around mental health.

Anyone who is in Murray Bridge on Thursday, September 10 can pick up a free small coffee from GCS cafe through a Murray Mallee General Practice Network (MMGPN) partnership with the cafe.

The offer is available from 10am to 3pm, and is designed to get people in a social setting to connect and have a chat over a cuppa.

There will be a wellbeing hub set up in the room next door, which MMGPN lead clinician Lisa Courtney said would have a range of resources available for people who wanted them or was interested in learning more.

Anyone who visits the hub can enter a free raffle, with various self care-related prizes up for grabs.

"We want to increase our region's mental fitness and develop mentally healthy headspaces," Lisa said.

"We will have staff there the whole day for a chat and to let people know what resources are available."

The Mid Murray Suicide Prevention Network has bought R U OK? footballs which have been distributed to all River Murray football teams to train with on Thursday night.

Suicide postvention group Silent Ripples has set up an information and merchandise stall at Westpac in Murray Bridge to raise awareness of mental health and R U OK? Day.

"We hear stories from people who have considered suicide, and when asked what stopped them, there's often been an intervention that happens - it could be quite small like asking 'how are you doing?', acts of kindness, or saying something nice about them," Silent Ripples spokesman Trevor Smith said.

  • If you or someone you know is struggling, you can find help at www.ruok.org.au or by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14.