Glenorchy youth ask the important question

GIVING young people the confidence to support their peers will be the focus of a Glenorchy RUOK? Day event later this month.

Hosted by the Glenorchy Youth Task Force (GYTF), the event will be held on 13 September from 3pm to 5pm on the Glenorchy City Council Lawns.

Glenorchy City Council youth development officer Allyson Byrne said this important event raised awareness about looking out for one another and starting conversations that could save a life.

“This community event will have the three ‘Fs’ – food, fun and free,” she said.

“We will have a range of activities including a conversation café, giant Jenga, selfie booth, hot drinks, pancake station, smoothie bike, barbecue, drumming circle, chalk graffiti and giveaways.

“We are proud and excited to welcome guest speaker and founder of Speak Up! Stay ChaTY and RUOK? Day ambassador Mitch McPherson to open the event and mingle with the crowd.

“It will have a focus on giving young people the confidence to support their peers and what they can do when friends aren’t feeling the best.

“This is a great opportunity to find out about mental health services offered locally in Glenorchy.

“Everyone can start a discussion with someone they care about and check in and see how they are going.”

RUOK? Day is a national reminder that we’ve all got what it takes to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those who may be struggling.

Taking part can be as simple as learning the four conversation steps.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said Tasmania had one of the highest suicide rates.

She said it was events like this that raised awareness about suicide rates and made a difference to people coming along and learning about how to support others through a rough time.

The Glenorchy Youth Task Force is a special committee of Glenorchy City Council.

For more information about the Glenorchy RUOK? Day event, please phone Customer Service on 6216 6800, email gccmail@gcc.tas.gov.au or visit www.gcc.tas.gov.au.

For more information about RUOK? Day, visit ruokday.org.au.

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Caption: Glenorchy City Council youth development officer Allyson Byrne.