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According to the Black Dog Institute, one in seven Australians will experience depression at some point in their lifetime. It’s a scary thought—especially considering depression is the number one cause of non-fatal disabilities. Additionally, one in 20 women experience antenatal depression, and one in 10 new fathers experience postnatal depression after the birth a child. Every day, six Australians die from suicide. The impact of mental health cannot be ignored—especially during times of stress or hardship due to Covid-19.

R U OK? Day 2021

Asking R U OK shouldn’t be isolated to September 9; it’s a relevant question every day of the year. Those conversation starters help form connections that are vital for mental health and wellbeing, and could even change a life.

Is someone you know behaving out of the ordinary? Or are you feeling tired, overwhelmed or unmotivated? It’s important to know the signs—not only for yourself but also those around you.

There’s More To Say

This year’s theme set by the “R U OK?” organisation is “Are they really OK? Ask them today” This means it’s more than just asking a question but also being prepared for follow-up. That’s why “R U OK?” is encouraging the use of a four-step action plan:

  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in

R U OK? Resources

Signs of the Times has partnered with Adventist Record, Mums At The Table and the Discovery Centre to provide resources to those looking for help—from a renowned depression recovery program, to a course on wholistic mental health and articles from those who have faced the same struggles and survived to tell the story. These resources could be exactly what someone needs to read, watch or participate in. Maybe you too could have this page handy next time you ask someone, “R U OK?”

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An Online Programme

The Nedley Health Depression and Anxiety Recovery program “gets to the root of the problem rather than just treating symptoms,” according to testimonials. Complete the program from the privacy of your home.


How can I deal with anxiety?

Find that resource and more, including: Eating healthier for depression, recovering from grief and the depression-inflammation link.

Signs of the Times is a current events, health and lifestyle magazine with a Christian focus.


Support for Mums

Being a mum is tough—it can be overwhelming to carry the mental load. Mums At The Table has resources and a large active community specifically to support mothers. Stop the struggle, find the mental support you deserve to become a better Mum.

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Hope Discovery Centre

Find out what it takes to overcome struggles and experience life to the full. It’s time to take charge and live life with purpose.

More Resources

Lifeline is a non-profit organisation that provides free, 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support service in Australia. Volunteer Crisis Supporters provide suicide prevention services, mental health support and emotional assistance, not only via telephone but face-to-face and online. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Beyond Blue is an Australian mental health and wellbeing support organisation. They provide support programs to address issues related to depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental illnesses.

Headspace, formally the headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, is an Australian non-profit organisation for youth mental health established by the Australian Government in 2006.