Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Onewave Supports r U Ok? day

For Release 15th September 2013

Onewave Supports r U Ok? day and Encourages Local Community to Create Conversations


Click for big version.

Over 65,000 people worldwide die of suicide per year with over 500 of those being New Zealanders.

R U OK? Day is held on the 12th of September each year. R U OK? Day helps people to regularly and meaningfully ask “R U OK?” in order to reduce the impact of depression and to support people who are struggling with life.

Many local community organisations have also thrown their support behind the day, including not for profit ONEWAVE.

ONEWAVE is a not for profit surf organization that is raising awareness for being in a funk, anything from depression to anxiety and bipolar. ONEWAVE has created a supportive community to reduce the ‘effects one wave at a time’.

New Zealand local Jared Pollock has created a collage of images of individuals holding up signs that read “ R U OK?” to show people who are in a bad mental state, that they are not alone. People are willing to help and ask R U OK?

“Having known people who have suffered from depression, I have a first hand recollection of how important it is to ask if someone is ok. Even if they are okay and not going through a ‘funk,’ its very comforting for them to know that there are people looking out for them,” Pollock said.

The collage is a collection of powerful images that contains 114 people holding up a sign saying “R U OK?”. ONEWAVE and R U OK? Day are two foundations that encourage people who are struggling with life to speak up and get support.
“Looking at the statistics in New Zealand, each week 10 people commit suicide, but that number doesn’t include those who have attempted, making the number scarily higher. The success of foundations such as R U OK? Day and ONEWAVE, we can all band together and help reduce this number and encourage people to speak up when you are not ok” Pollock said.

R U OK? Day and ONEWAVE’S vision are very similar to one another. R U OK? Day’s vision is to create a world where all people are connected and protected from suicide. The two foundations aim to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?” to help those who are not okay and those struggling with life.

“I thought a collage would be a meaningful message to show those who are struggling with life that it is okay and you are not alone. Although the image is 114 complete strangers it emphasises a large support group is available to anyone suffering with depression” Pollock said.

“I just got all my mates together and just asked if they would be keen to help out. They're already pretty familiar with what ONEWAVE stands for and are being really supportive of the cause. They were all really keen to help out. Everybody reached out to their respective friends, and soon people whom I have never met before sent photos in. It was really eye opening to get so much support, not only for what I'm doing, but for the cause in general.”

R U OK? Aspires to build the capacity of family members, friends, colleagues, teammates, students and community leaders to have regular, meaningful conversations with anyone who might be struggling with life. No problem is too big for one to take a life. Anyone and everyone is welcome in the ONEWAVE community. Remember to ask, “Are you OK?” and you could change someone’s life.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news