- Producer07/09/2016Zemblanity + Family and the Word We Fear To Speak Today is Thursday 8th September 2016, as I post this on beBee and it is R U OK? Day (R U OK? - Are You OK? Day) in Australia. "R U OK? Day is an annual day in September (the second Thursday in Australia) dedicated to remind people to ask...
Comments10/09/2016 #26 Lisa Gallagher#22 A topic very close to my heart @Lance Scoular. As I read your buzz I have to admit I cried and it took me about 3-4 minutes to compose myself before I could type. I didn't cry for myself, I cried reading about your daughter's friends, your wife's student and thinking of so many that are afflicted with severe depression and feel the only way out is to commit suicide. This is a vital topic and I'm glad you wrote so deeply about this. I'm keeping that term in my brain, "RU-OK" Wishing you a wonderful weekend Lance!10/09/2016 #22 Lance Scoular#9 Thanks Lisa @Lisa Gallagher for your kind words and sentiments. Also for your shares on Twitter.
I need to reread this myself more often, as painful as it is to do so, to remind me to ask RUOK? more often, so that less people are impacted by Zemblanity. Hopefully.10/09/2016 #19 Lance Scoular#6 Once again @Sarah Elkins thanks. It is a reminder to me again to ask ask RUOK? more often.
I did a Snapchat story Thursday evening (Sydney time) more about the concept of asking RUOK? and how to do so in different circumstances and a few snappers passed it on to their networks.10/09/2016 #18 Lance Scoular#1 Thanks @David Grinberg for your kind comments and also for the link to the New York Times article Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness. It was interesting to see the reference to Men's Sheds which originated in Australia. We have a number in our area and are a great way for men (often lonely or at a loose end) to get together a make things in a community workshop.08/09/2016 #12 Aaron SkogenWonderful story @Lance Scoular, a very poignant reminder of our need to stay connected. As a medic, I had a handful of call's to respond to successful suicides and far too many calls to respond to an attempt. The horror of some of those calls, the families devastation has, like you, stuck with me. The suicide rate has increased 6% here in MN in the last year, driven primarily by men of a certain age (mine). More disconcerting is the rate of veteran suicides being 40% higher higher than that of the general population here int he US. Only through increased awareness, actively engaging with people, and staying connected can we battle this permanent solution to a temporary problem. "R U OK" is a great theme, and one that should be adopted worldwide. I am OK Lance, thanks for asking!08/09/2016 #11 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianRU OK? Should be pushed worldwide. Thank you for this post, @Lance Scoular. I've had four friends commit suicide, five if you count one who was diagnosed with a terminal, painful illness and decided to check out on her terms. All but the last were indeed permanent solutions to temporary problems.08/09/2016 #10 Mamen DelgadoUffff, this story and everything you have shared here is deeply touching for me @Lance Scoular.
I'll try to write something more than THANK YOU when I recover and let my feelings slow down. THANKS TO YOU as well @David Grinberg, as I told you yesterday it is an incredible gift for me to be in touch with all of you. 💕08/09/2016 #9 Lisa GallagherI removed a few comments, they were long and I felt too much info after I re-read what I wrote. I can't thank you enough for writing this. I'm sorry for what you and your family experienced over the years. This is such an important topic and I thank you so much for sharing this. RU-OK? Shared on beBee and twitter! My heart goes out to anyone that has lost a friend or loved one to suicide. Thanks @Lance Scoular for sharing your personal story.08/09/2016 #8 Jena BallPowerful, gut wrenching and so important. Thank you for having the courage to share. I really believe that it is by breaking the silence, caring enough to ask and taking steps to ensure help is available we can start to make a difference. Do you know about project semicolon? Several of my friends who have struggled with depression have found its message and the community helpful. Sharing and making a conscious effort to ask not just today but every day.08/09/2016 #7 Donna-Luisa EversleyR u ok? This is a question I ask when I sense something is wrong, but maybe should be asked when everything appears right. Thanks for this sobering and inspiring article @Lance Scoular... Thank you @David Grinberg for pointing me towards this post. Will share.