STATEMENT : VIRTUE SIGNALLING ISN’T ENOUGH

 

8th August 2018

It's great to see the #ItsOkayNotToBeOkay hashtag trending on social media. But are your selfies and nominations as effective as they could be? 

 

"41% of males who have contemplated suicide felt like they could not talk about their feelings." 

Sharing this statistic alone probably won't save a person's life. Many have advised their friends/followers to "look out for others" by asking how they are. In our awareness film "Ollie", Henry asks his friend Ollie precisely that. Ollie replies "I'm fine thanks", when he is far from it. So how can you help someone who's suicidal to open up? By asking the direct question.

IF YOU FEEL SOMEONE MAY BE SUICIDAL, JUST ASK THEM, "ARE YOU SUICIDAL?"

Contrary to popular belief, the question will not ‘plant an idea’ in their heads. Instead, suicide prevention organisations believe this is the most effective way of getting a teenager/adult to open up and not take their life. 

The campaign has served as a fantastic platform for fundraising and making real change. So please, if you're going to do a #ItsOkNotToBeOk post, raise awareness about asking the direct question. It saves lives.