The Chamberlain Foundation has committed to raise funds for a new pilot education initiative to help primary school students start meaningful conversations and support each other.
The initiative meets two of the three areas the Foundation supports; mental health and education.
R U OK? CEO Brendan Maher said The Chamberlain Foundation’s support will help tailor the “R U OK?” message to a younger audience in a way that is relevant, practical and empowering. It will be rolled out to a pilot group of primary classrooms as soon as mid 2017.
“Up until now we’ve only targeted young people from year seven onwards but our new resources will help and encourage younger children to support a friend going through a tough time,” he said.
“As with all of our campaigns, we will engage appropriate expertise in the planning and development of these resources and hope to make a real difference.”
The foundation’s Peter Chamberlain believes the R U OK? campaign can play an important role in changing and even saving lives.
“If we can make a difference by strengthening peer to peer support through an age appropriate R U OK? campaign then we, together, could in fact save lives,” he said.
“This program could really help influence behaviour at a young age by encouraging children to unleash their own superpowers to help a friend that might appear sad or alone.”
“Together we can make a difference.”
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R U OK?
R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life. R U OK?Day is a national day of action, held on the second Thursday of September each year. But every day is the day to start a conversation. Conversation tips and crisis numbers can be found at ruok.org.au.