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Never hesitate to ask – R U OK?

Marcelle Thompson wants parents to ask their kids if they are okay.
Marcelle Thompson wants parents to ask their kids if they are okay. Shannon Newley

IT'S the question Marcelle Thompson was always too scared to ask but the one she wished she had - are you thinking about suicide?

In 2006 Mrs Thompson's son Daniel, took his own life at the age of 20 after battling depression - something she doesn't want others to go through.

With today being national R U OK Day, Mrs Thompson said she would like to see greater focus on suicide awareness and prevention.

She said she hoped to take the stigma away from talking about suicide in the hope she could help other people.

"The first thing that went through my head was, am I the only one going through this?

"The only support I got is the support I looked for myself," she said.

"When parents see their children change, make sure they ask them if they are okay because some parents think its just teenage behaviour, but they need to ask the question," she said.

Frustrated with the lack of events and publicity for R U OK Day, John Felton decided to take action.

"More people die from suicide each year than road deaths," he said.

In a few short days Mr Felton organised a think-tank with other locals affected by suicide, supported by Cr Jo McNally.

Mr Felton said there were 26 agencies in Warwick to help people but it was difficult to find information about them.

"Our goal is to save people's lives but we have to find out the steps to do that," he said.

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, support and counselling services include Lifeline (13 11 14) and Headspace (4661 1999).

Topics:  depression lifeline mental health r u ok day suicide


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