Not everything in life goes the way we planned and when it doesn’t, it’s good to have close friends and family that you can talk to. Whether it’s about something serious or something not so serious, it’s just good to have those conversations.

2020 has been a challenging year. Possibly the most challenging in our lifetime and it’s important that we support one another by reaching out and checking with our friends, family, colleagues and team mates .. Asking “R U OK?”

That single question could change someone’s life!

R U OK Day is held each year to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.

You don’t need to be an expert to reach out simply being a good friend and a great listener can change a life.

Use these four steps and have a conversation:

  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in

Make sure you ask someone .. R U OK?



It’s OK to reach out and ask for help. Below are contact details of some amazing organisations who can do just that.


  • A suicide prevention charity in Australia, reminding people that having meaningful conversations with loved ones, friends and colleagues with great resources to help you start and keep the conversation going.

Beyond Blue

  • 24/7 mental health support services
  • 1300 22 4636 or


  • Online support and counselling to young people 12 to 25.
  • 1800 650 890 or for webchat visit

Kids Helpline

  • 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services for children and young people aged 5 to 25
  • 1800 55 1800 or


  • 24/7 support for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence and abuse.
  • 1800 737 732 or


  • 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services
  • 13 11 14 or

Suicide Call Back

  • 24/7 crisis support and counselling service for people affected by suicide
  • 1300 659 467 or


  • 24/7 counselling service for men
  • 1300 78 99 78 or


  • LGBTI peer support and referral
  • 1800 184 527 or




The NOVOS spoke to some amazing individuals about their journey with mental health either directly or indirectly. We also heard from many celebrities and identities with some very special advice.


Lachlan McTackett – 22 year old uni student from Newcastle, Lachlan was depressed and feeling suicidal .. but decided to reach out for help. Hear his story here:


Ben Burgess – is Newcastle’s first R U OK? Ambassador. Ben has faced challenges of his own, being diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder and depression from the age of 13. Hear his story here:


Justin GeangeR U OK? Ambassador and MATES in Construction Field Officer Justin Geange highlights the importance of looking out for your mates.


Luke Conners – Luke from Talk 2 Me Bro talks about losing his close friend from his Army days through suicide and what his charity does to support people through tough times.


Nuatali Nelmes – Lord Mayor City of Newcastle – offers words of encouragement to start the conversation.


Kyle Sandilands – Kyle was blown away by the response after opening up about his own mental health earlier this year .. he offers some advice here:


Tim Crakanthorp – Member for Newcastle, gets personal about losing a mate to suicide.


Newcastle Jets – CEO Lawrie McKinna, Jason Hoffman and Roy O’Donovan know just how important mates are .. especially team mates! Hear their words of encouragement here:


Brooklyn Ross – Kyle and Jackie O’s Newsman, shares some alarming stats on suicide among males in Australia.


Tiger Lily – hear from Tiger Lily, R U OK? Ambassador about the importance of reaching out.


NBN News – Locals, Gav Morris and Natasha Beyersdorf share their views on being able to reach out.


Rob Mills – R U OK? Ambassador Rob urges people to simply ‘chit chat’ and how it can help.