RUOK? Roadshow rocks in to help improve community mental health

Four woman stand in front of a yellow banner that reads RUOK? One of the women holds a sign that reads Ask RUOK?
FSH staff members Rachael Lynch, Caitlin Bowden, Jayne Martin and Holly Green.
August 14, 2019

Fiona Stanley Hospital staff, patients and celebrities paused last week to learn more about the RUOK? message.

The ‘Trust the Signs Tour’ comes in the wake of research released by RUOK? that found:

  • Nearly two-thirds of Australians (63 per cent) are not confident they know the signs that someone might be struggling with life.
  • Of those surveyed, 41 per cent hadn’t asked someone if they were OK because they weren’t sure they knew the signs.
  • However, there is hope, with almost 1 in 2 (49 per cent) believing they’d be more confident starting a conversation if they knew the signs.

The tour is travelling 14,000 kilometres visiting every state and territory and engaging 24 communities in an educational experience.

New RUOK? ambassador and Perth local Brooke Blurton, a Bachelor fan favourite, was one of the speakers along with Olympian and former Hockeyroo Ash Nelson.  

Brooke lost her mum to suicide aged 11 and in her professional role as an Aboriginal Youth Worker and Aboriginal mental health first aid instructor, she is passionate about the role we can all play in looking out for our family, friends and colleagues.

Ebonee Lynch, a former FSH patient, spoke about her own post-natal experience.

Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Jayne Martin was inspired to help organise the event due to her recent loss of a close friend to suicide and the ongoing concerns of mental health and well-being for patients, staff and relatives.

She said it was encouraging to see a crowd of people sharing food, conversation and learning more about helping to improve mental health in the community.

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