R U OK? Conversation Convoy putting the spotlight on mental health

R U OK? Day's Conversation Convoy will visit Perth on August 14. Photo:  iStock
R U OK? Day's Conversation Convoy will visit Perth on August 14. Photo: iStock

R U OK? has hit the road with the Conversation Convoy, a six-week journey around Australia to bring awareness to suicide prevention across the country.

The Conversation Convoy kicked off this month and aims to give more people the confidence to support those who are struggling, while raising awareness of support services across the country.

R U OK? Ambassador and former FIFO worker Blake Wood, of Innaloo, found himself in a dark place when adjusting to the lifestyle of travelling for work.

“I was on site when I was looking to better myself, the balance within FIFO was difficult for me at times which is what led me to develop and understand myself better,” Mr Wood said.

Through his own struggles, Mr Wood felt inspired to help those in communities who too are struggling in their time of need.

“Losing my friend really inspired me even more to reach out to people and make them feel confident to put their hands up as there are always people out there that care and I just want to help,” he said.

“I want to give communities the tools to be able to share with others and know they have a judgement-free community that is going to accept them and that help is always available, that’s what R U OK? is all about.”

The Conversation Convoy will hit Perth on Monday August 14 from 9am-11am at Lower Henderson Court, Curtin University, Kent St in Bentley.

Head to www.ruok.org.au/conversation-convoy to track the journey or find a local event.

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