RU OK Day is a national day of action in Australia which aims to reduce suicide by encouraging people to connect with each other and ask “RU OK?” I have dear friends whose lives have been deeply affected by family suicide and I have seen the pain left behind.

R U OK? Day was inspired by the death of Barry Larkin (1940 – 1995). Barry was a fascinating and successful business management consultant who took his own life. His son Gavin Larkin (1968-2011) partnered with television producer Janina Nearn in 2008 to develop a campaign that would inspire Australians to stay connected and support people doing it tough.

R U OK?Day was launched in 2009 in Canberra. R U OK? is dedicated to Barry and all people who have died through suicide, and to the family and friends who love them. Please visit:

Reach out and try to help, a conversation could save a life. Who will you ask?


Today is National RU OK? day. Please check on your friends, family, neighbours, loved ones and ask them: Are you OK? Let’s reach out to each other. We are so busy and so disconnected in our modern world. Together we can prevent suicide. If you have a neighbour who lives on their own, a smile and a chat could be what someone needs. I have rung Lifeline in my darkest hour and the woman who answered the phone was brilliant. May the legacy of Gavin Larkin live on and on and spread across the world.

If you need help call Lifeline in Australia: 131144