DEPRESSION can be a bleak and lonely place. But a bright beacon painted in loud yellow, rolled into Mackay to shine a light on this serious health malignancy that stalks far too many people.
The crew onboard the R U OK? campaign bus, helped by rugby league players from the Cutters, were out and about at Bluewater Quay yesterday before heading to Rockhampton later this week.
They were encouraging people to be "even better mates" by keeping an eye on their friends' personal wellbeing, watching for personality changes and asking "Are you okay?" - a simple question that could save a life.
People were asked to sign up to have a conversation with their mates.
R U OK? campaign director Rebecca Lewis said that on the campaign bus trip south from Darwin the issue of depression and suicide "cuts deep" in regional communities.
"We can all do something about it, to help people stick by each other when life gets a bit tough," she said.
The safeTALK program was an excellent next step to give people the skills to use in potentially risky conversations on suicide prevention, Ms Lewis said.
THE R U OK? bus is in Rockhampton on Thursday to raise awareness of suicide prevention.
The big yellow bus will pull up at Kershaw Gardens to help Rockhampton residents get mateship back on track by simply asking friends and family, R U OK?
The bus and its crew will be at Kershaw Gardens from 9.30am-11.30am.