Ready to talk and prevent
IT'S not just an excuse to dress up in bright colours but will raise a very important topic that might just help save someone's life.
The gang from Fluro Friday Woolgoolga are co-ordinating a giant RUOK on the beach to open the conversation about depression and suicide.
Combining world suicide prevention day and R U OK day, the event held on Thursday, September 14 will also include the annual Lifeline's out of the Shadows suicide prevention walk where participants will walk up Woolgoolga Main beach and back.
The community is asked to wear yellow or orange and to deck out their businesses in the colours as well.
"It's trying to make the conversation a bit easier, I think talking about it does help a lot of people,” said Fluro Friday Woolgoolga organiser and Key Employment consultant Lisa Nichols.
Lisa is passionate about the prevention after she lost her mother to suicide.
"After she died I promised myself I would try and do something to help prevent senseless deaths like hers, or help people to understand the depths that depression can take you.
"I feel that if suicide and depression was not such a taboo back then, I could have spoken with Mum about her depression and maybe that conversation could have changed her future, my siblings, her friends, students, colleagues and myself who were shocked and devastated as on the outside she was this happy, successful, effervescent woman. She was only 50.
"Suicide may end the pain of the person suffering but it starts a journey of pain for the people they leave behind.”
The plan for the day is to meet at Woolgoolga main beach dressed in yellow or orange and walk to the end of the beach for the suicide prevention walk then stand together to form a giant R U OK?
People will then move off to Taffy's cafe and takeaway for a coffee and chat
Surf groms and other people keen to get in the water will then form and smiley face in the surf, all to raise awareness of suicide prevention.
A message tree will be set up outside of Taffy's which will be wrapped in yellow with string and pegs for people to put their feelings on or write messages to others.
Lifeline counsellors will also be there on the day, open to anyone who needs to talk.
For more information, call Lisa Nichols on 0410 052 601
Schedule for the day
6.30am - meet at Woolgoolga main beach.
7am - Out of the Shadows Suicide Prevention Walk.
7.30am - Form a human RUOK on the sand and smiley face in the ocean.
9am - Head to Taffy's for a coffee and a chat with yoga and meditation.
- Times are subject to change