R U OK?: The ladies at QCWA will be providing sandwhiches for R U OK day at the Town Hall. LEFT: Joan Casson, Johno Felton, Lou Vaughan and Shirley Haddrill.
R U OK?: The ladies at QCWA will be providing sandwhiches for R U OK day at the Town Hall. LEFT: Joan Casson, Johno Felton, Lou Vaughan and Shirley Haddrill. Nicole Zurcas

Rise in suicide risk prompts call for support at R U OK? Day

A SPIKE in the number of loved ones reaching out to the Southern Downs Suicide Prevention Group for help shows how vital it is to band together this R U OK? Day.

Group co-director Johno Felton has noticed a rise in call-outs in the past few months, as drought continues to ravage the region.

He said it was vital to support one another, especially if reports that dry times are set to continue are correct.

"The thing I hear is, 'Can it get any worse?',” Mr Felton said.

"But we've just got to ride it out and be resilient and one day it will rain.”

An R U OK? Day event will be held at Warwick Town Hall today, aiming to share information about suicide prevention and support grieving families.

Mr Felton said it was often a friend or family member of a person at risk who reached out to him for help.

At the event there will be information available to help those contemplating suicide.

"Those who are struggling, we show a bit of kindness,” he said.

"A lot of people come who have lost someone and we show camaraderie.

"People can come along and pick up a few pamphlets and leave them somewhere for the person that's struggling.”

There will also be a free morning tea, counsellors and the Country Women's Association, who will provide sandwiches and have application forms for financial assistance.

It starts at 9am this morning.



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