LifeSpan was proud to award 11 grants to local community organisations who were hosting an R U OK? Day event on the Central Coast.
We had a great response with 23 grant applications received (wow!).
It was encouraging to see so many Central Coast groups spreading the word about the importance of meaningful conversations and connections to prevent suicide.
R U OK? Day aims to inspire and empower people to reach out to those around them and support anyone who may be struggling.
The goals of R U OK? Day include:
- Boosting our confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life’s ups and downs;
- Nurturing our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others; and
- Strengthening our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us.
The successful applicants were chosen for meeting these key goals in creative, innovative and collaborative ways.
We are pleased to have received some fantastic feedback from our grant recipients about their various events.
The Central Coast Local Health District Nursing and Midwifery team used their R U OK? Day grant to highlight, via social media, the importance of checking in regularly with friends, family and colleagues. They created a YouTube and Facebook video for staff and the wider community to raise awareness about the simple steps it takes to save a life – asking “are you okay?” and then listening, checking-in and encouraging action. Well done to the Nursing and Midwifery team for putting together a powerful and inspirational video that spreads such an important message.
The Wyong Toastmasters group had 45 people attend their R U OK? Day luncheon at Wyong RSL Club, with R U OK? Day Central Coast ambassador Chris Newman, as a special guest speaker. Chris spoke to the group about how to make a difference through conversation, with lots of positive feedback from attendees!
The San Remo Neighbourhood Centre held an R U OK? Day art exhibition. The exhibition featured art works from the local Indigenous community. The art works represented connection and communication. The R U OK? Day core messages of supporting others, strengthening sense of belonging and being strong and dynamic were displayed throughout the exhibition. There are some great photos on the San Remo Neighbourhood Centre Facebook page if you would like to take a look.
These are just some examples of the successful local events.
A huge thank you to all those who applied for an R U OK? Day community grant. We were overwhelmed by the level of enthusiasm and involvement from the community.
Well done to all those organisations who held an R U OK? Day event to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The grants will be running again next year and we encourage everyone to apply!