Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Medical Research; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Science

    Check in on a friend and ask R U OK?

    13/09/2018 6:00 AM
    • Western Australians urged to check in on their family, friends and colleagues
    • MATES in Construction WA to fly their flag at Parliament House for R U OK? Day
    • On average, one person each day loses their life to suicide in Western Australia  

    Western Australians are reminded everyone has what it takes to ask their friends, family and colleagues R U OK?


    R U OK? Day is Australia's national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that a conversation could change a life.


    Mental Health Minister Roger Cook joined MATES in Construction WA, who will fly their flag at construction sites across Perth and at Parliament House, to recognise that construction workers are affected by suicide and mental health issues.


    The McGowan Government provides funding for the MATES in Construction standby response co-ordinator who oversees industry-specific protocols and educates industry workers, including FIFO workers, on mental health and wellbeing.


    Suicide affects families, friends, colleagues and communities, but by increasing our community capacity to deal with the issue, the State Government can make positive change for the future.


    Suicide prevention is a priority for the McGowan Government. Last year, it launched the State-wide 'Think Mental Health' campaign which provides information on mental health, symptoms and signs to look out for, and where to get help and support.


    State funded suicide prevention co-ordinators have been placed in every region in WA to help build the capacity of the community and relevant service providers to better identify and address local suicide-related issues.


    Checking in with someone includes asking R U OK? listening to them, encouraging action and following up.


    For support contact your GP or call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling, Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14, or visit http://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au


    Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "We are flying the flag today, because employers and employees in the construction industry, their families, and the wider community need to play a role in continuing the conversation that looking after your mental health and wellbeing is important, and support is available to those who need it.


    "It is important we continue these important conversations about wellbeing and support services across Western Australia, so if you are concerned about how a friend or family member is travelling, reach out and start a conversation, ask the R U OK?


    "If you're not sure how to start a conversation visit the R U OK? website or www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au for tips and conversation starters."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500