Social media posts saying 'R U OK?' flood newsfeeds. Signs along the street stand steadfast with their question: 'R U OK?'.
Balloons and people in yellow filled the streets of Griffith, and the gathering of support showing those suffering from depression and anxiety that they were not alone was sure to warm the cockles of even the most hardened of hearts.
It can be easy to think of depression as something that happens to people out there somewhere in an abstract sense, but in reality it can be confronting for those with no first-hand understanding or experience to fully comprehend how much someone they know and love, or even themselves, are struggling.
Those people who are told they are strong, or outgoing, who never seem to falter, who are the pillars in their friends group can feel they have a responsibility to be strong for everyone else.
While it doesn't take a large amount of bravery to post or ask 'are you OK?' it can require a huge amount of personal insight to accept that, no, in fact you are not OK. It takes incredible courage to open up and admit you are not coping.
It can be baffling for someone to sit back objectively and think about their life and recognise they have everything going for them, that all is not lost, and acknowledging that even still, it is all too hard.
It could be a series of events, one large event, the small thing adding that last straw on the camel's back, or even nothing at all.
Campaigns such as R U OK? followed with the social media messages of support have gone so far in increasing awareness of depression and suicide.
We have come so far in understanding, empathising and and recognising the signs and symptoms, and knowing what to look for.
So don't stop posting. Don't stop wearing yellow. Don't stop holding up signs publicly. It all contributes to saving lives and banishes myths about "weakness".
But don't forget to also speak face to face, pick up the phone, make it personal and talk to your loved ones without the third degree of separation.
Be brave, and take the hands that freely offer help. Would you refuse someone an ear or shoulder?
Don't be afraid to help, and be helped.
If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For local mental health services phone the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.
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