R U OK? Walkers hit the streets to ask powerful question
KINGAROY residents and employees walked together as one this morning to raise awareness for suicide prevention as part of R U OK? Day activities.
Councillor Danita Potter addressed the large crowd in their yellow and black outfits before they started their journey throughout the town, chatting with shop owners and residents and asking the important question, R U OK?
"I didn't expect we would get that many people,” Cr Potter said.
The event was organised by Cr Potter and other members of the South Burnett Suicide Prevention Group.
It was changed to a town walk this year after the group hosted a sausage sizzle last year.
"We thought it was important to get out to the people, it is important to reach out to them,” Cr Potter said.
"That's the whole idea of what R U OK? Day is all about.”
Representatives from Stanwell and Downer attended the event as well the organisations Partners in Recovery, Centacare and United Care.
Cr Potter said you never knew when someone might be struggling and urged people not to be afraid to ask people how they were.
"You may notice someone who waters their garden every day and then one day they don't, that's the time to ask if everything is OK,” she said.