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R U Ok?

10 September 2015

R U Ok day is a national campaign in Australia bringing awareness to suicide prevention. R U Ok encourages people to check in and ask the question, start a conversation. A conversation which just might change someone’s mind about taking their lives.

People with a chronic illness like that of Multiple Sclerosis, are more susceptible to anxiety and depression. We are more likely to become isolated from our friends, family and public in general.

As someone who has lost family to suicide and have been touched by people who have Multiple Sclerosis and chosen that they could fight no longer and have made the heartbreaking choice of suicide, this campaign is an important day for me.

No matter how strong, brave, or inspirational a person may seem, we are all battling against the uncertainty that comes with a diagnosis of an incurable disease. We are all vulnerable to the dark moments that creep into our daily lives. For some those dark moments remain, and we are unable to find the light.

So today I ask you R U OK?

Its ok, to not to be ok, and if you are feeling this way I urge you to talk about it, for there are better days, no matter how hard the days feel now.

On this R U Ok day, reach out, have a cuppa, check in, close the gap. Start the conversation.

 

 

If you are struggling with mental illness, please contact someone, there are services there to help you.

https://www.lifeline.org.au/ - 13 11 14

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ - 1300 22 4636

 

 

 

Comments (8)

Good topic Amber and thank you for your courage in raising it. There is a huge gap in MS services surrounding chronic illness and unbearable suffering, and this is the topic of end of life choices. An extraordinary woman called Helen Joyce recently made a speech to the festival of dangerous ideas about dying with dignity and end of life choices. I have yet to see a more compassionate and intelligent discourse on the urgent need for suitable laws in Australia. The speech can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcI4es_yDbg The fact that people are ending their lives too soon in lonely and violent and painful circumstances, or being forced against their will to live in lonely and violent and painful circumstances is a terrible indictment of our society, when there are beautiful and gentle alternatives available. More than 2500 people suicide in Australia every year, and many do so because society provides them with no alternative. Suicide is not against the law in Australia, it is only illegal to obtain the means to take your own life painlessly and peacefully, with others there to be with you as you pass. The laws currently force people to obtain their legal rights in the most lonely, violent and painful ways imaginable. Over 80% of Australians want the right to a quick, painless death at the time of their choosing, with their loved ones around them, in their own home, and when the circumstances warrant that choice. Merely knowing you have that option becomes part of one's care, and gives people the courage and confidence to live life to the full to the very last. Let us hope we will be given access to this most basic of human rights very soon. Thanks again Amber for opening up a discussion that as a society we usually try to forget about or hide away.

Thank you Lawrie, I really do appreciate your comment on this post. I will endeavour to watch the you tube video you have posted. This issue is very important to me, the mental wellbeing of people newly diagnosed and also those with progressive illness needs to be highlighted and talked about! I have met many people in since my introduction into the community of MS who all have something in common, and that is the initial fear, grief that comes from uncertainty. It is something I will continue to discuss in my blog posts while I have the platform to do it. :-)

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Wonderfully written Amber and very heartfelt. If only people would talk more about suicide and work to remove the stigma that has been linked to it in the past. I have nothing but admiration for your battle with MS and hope one day they find a cure xxx

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