R U OK? Day 2015

R u ok?

Thursday 10th September 2015 was R U OK DAY.

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How often do we ask this question? Generally it implies something is wrong. When you ask this question, you often get “Yeah, I’m fine, why?” It shouldn’t be unusual for us to ask someone are they ok – it should be frequent and it should also be normal for them to be able to answer “no, i’m not” if they are in need of help.

Talking is so important and sometimes just sharing with someone our worries, concerns and fears, it can lighten the burden. More often than not when you speak something out loud, it diminishes it’s power. “A problem shared is a problem halved.”

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I feel blessed to have family, friends and even kind strangers around me who have helped me through difficult times. I know that in a time of trouble I can say “I’m not ok” and there will be a support network around me to help me deal with this problem.

There are also incredible sites and resources you can visit to learn more and to get help:

R U OK?

What is r u ok day?

R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Gavin Larkin in 2009, whose vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. Accordingly, our mission is to encourage and equip everyone to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?” 

Learn more at R u ok website : www.ruok.org.au

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Lifeline – Call 13 11 14

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Somewhere in Australia there is a new call to Lifeline every minute. People call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis line 13 11 14 about:

  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Personal crisis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Stresses from work, family or society
  • Self-help information for friends and family

For more information visit: https://www.lifeline.org.au/

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Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

For more information: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

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In October 2015, I will travel to Bhutan to Trek for Happiness! I will be personally raising $3500 for the work of Black Dog Institute. I wish to support those living with mood disorders and to break the stigma that surrounds mental health. Each year, Black Dog Institute aims to advance the understanding, diagnosis and management of depression and Bipolar Disorder and improve the lives of those affected by these mood disorders. Please help me in my cause by donating through my page.

Sponsor here:http://bhutantrektohappiness.gofundraise.com.au/page/LovellyEmma

In Peru in 2012, trekking to Machu Picchu with Black Dog Institute

In Peru in 2012, trekking to Machu Picchu with Black Dog Institute

R U OK? Day

R U OK? day is today, Thursday 13th September,  everyone. It’s a simple question with a very powerful message. Let’s work together as a recommunity today and be there for those in need. 🙂

Its goal was to help reduce our national suicide rate by getting Australians to reach out and make contact with others.

Hear why Hugh Jackman says it’s ok to say, ‘I’m not ok’ http://www.ruokday.com/supporters/ambassadors/hugh-jackman/

Ask the simple question to someone near and dear to you – R U OK?

I recently shared a wonderful video featuring my friend and colleague James Freemantle of  REDgum Communications with his message about R U OK? DayJames Freemantle encourages rural communities to stay connected and be conscious of how the isolation of farming can impact on wellbeing. He also offers hope to anyone living with depression.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHQeMbFgcTI&feature=related

Learn more:
Black Dog Institute support R U OK? Day
In October 2012, I will climb Machu Pichu for depression and anxiety awareness. The Peru Challenge 2012 will run from October 20-31 and raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute for the research and awareness of mood disorders. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m doing it honour of my Grandma who lived with depression most her life and also the many friends and other family members who live with this mood disorder. Please donate to my page and learn more about my adventure http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly

Please Sponsor Me as Climb Machu Pichu for Depression and Anxiety‏

Hey everyone,

It’s my birthday in just a few weeks and I’m not asking for any presents this year, just support of my PERU CHALLENGE 2012.
 

Peru Challenge 2012 will be trekking along the ancient Incan trails to the incredible Machu Pichu. On 20th October, 2012, I’ll be embarking on the Peru Challenge through Inspired Adventures and am raising funds for Blackdog Institute and the awareness of Mood Disorders.
http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly

Each year, Blackdog aim to advance the understanding, diagnosis and management of depression and Bipolar Disorder and improve the lives of those affected by these mood disorders. Please help me in my cause by donating through my page.


I’ve chosen to do this with Black Dog Institute in honour of my late Grandma, Doris Lovell. My dear Grandma lived with depression for the majority of her life. 


She wrote diaries from the age of 13 and I have since been reading them and the insight into what it’s like to live with a mood disorder such as depression is heart wrenching. Every day is often a struggle. We are fortunate now to live in a time where great organisations like Black Dog Institute are there to support us and inform us of ways to get help. Grandma was lucky to have received support from family and medicine at the time but the understanding was just not there, and still isn’t. It’s so important to raise awareness about these unfortunate and debilitating disorders and give support to those who need it most.


I feel so passionately about this cause and can’t wait to help Black Dog Institute with their great work. I’ve been personally affected by mood disorders as well as had very dear friends and family suffer. Unfortunately, I’ve also lost family and close friends due to mood disorders. It’s an important issue – but we can make a difference and help those in need.


You can also join the trip!! Visit our information page to learn more: 

http://www.inspiredadventures.com.au/microsites/BDIPeru/ Please click on this link to make a secure online donation to my fundraising efforts and this incredible cause.


http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Your support is greatly appreciated.

 

Invincible Summer

Invincible Summer is a film raising awareness about depression and anxiety in an artistic and real way.

James Freemantle, star and producer says “There was a long battle. I lost a cousin and friends to depression, and was desperate to be well. So with Simon, Pete, Lawrence ‘Goblin’ Mooney and other generous mates made ‘Invincible Summer’. We won a trophy. Things got better. And it helped people.”

James Freemantle speaks openly about depression and anxiety. Through a number of other videos and interviews, he has encouraged rural communities to stay connected and be conscious of how the isolation of farming can impact on wellbeing. He also offers hope to anyone living with depression.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miEHYTWxRDE

 

It’s great to see someone speaking out and so honestly about depression and anxiety.

 

James is also a big supporter of

R U OK?Day is a national day of action on the second Thursday of September (13 September 2012), dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to ask each other ‘Are you ok?’

In October 2012, I will climb Machu Pichu for depression and anxiety awareness. The Peru Challenge 2012 will run from October 20-31 and raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute for the research and awareness of mood disorders. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m doing it honour of my Grandma who lived with depression most her life and also the many friends and other family members who live with this mood disorder. Please donate to my page and learn more about my adventure http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly

R U OK? Day Video from James Freemantle

R U OK? DAY is a wonderful campaign promoting a simple message asking people to check in with friends and see how things are going with the question “R U OK?”

R U OK?Day is a national day of action on the second Thursday of September (13 September 2012), dedicated to inspiring all people of all backgrounds to ask each other ‘Are you ok?’

James Freemantle encourages rural communities to stay connected and be conscious of how the isolation of farming can impact on wellbeing. He also offers hope to anyone living with depression.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHQeMbFgcTI&feature=related

 

It’s great to see someone speaking out and so honestly about depression and anxiety.

 

In October 2012, I will climb Machu Pichu for depression and anxiety awareness. The Peru Challenge 2012 will run from October 20-31 and raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute for the research and awareness of mood disorders. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m doing it honour of my Grandma who lived with depression most her life and also the many friends and other family members who live with this mood disorder. Please donate to my page and learn more about my adventure http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly