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R U OK?

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Today is R U OK Day - an important reminder to check up on friends and family, as well as strangers.

The R U OK website has provided many useful resources, including how to start the conversation at work, school and in remote areas. Those can be accessed here.

The basic steps to starting the conversation are 'Asking R U OK?', 'Listen without judgement', 'Encourage action' and 'Check in'. You can read about these steps in more detail here.

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Locals are also being encouraged to undertake free online suicide prevention training, designed to help people identify warning signs and give advice on how to help others and start the conversation.

The Question Persuade Refer (QPR) training is available to those in the National Suicide Prevention Trial region, which includes Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Yorke Peninsula and surrounding areas.

QPR training takes one hour, and can be accessed at www.countrysaphn.com.au by using the free code 'CSA'.

Assistance is always available at Headspace, BeyondBlue and Lifeline (13 11 14).