NITV is doing its bit for R U OK? Day tomorrow becoming a media partner with the suicide prevention group.
NITV has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with R U OK? to work more closely together and better inform Indigenous Australians to support each other.
Both Marngrook Footy Show and The Point will both devote airtime to suicide prevention conversations.
R U OK? CEO Brendan Maher said, “With suicide rates up to five times higher in Indigenous populations across the country we have to get better at building people’s confidence and sharing a conversation roadmap so everyone knows where to start if they’re worried about a mate or a family member.
“Story telling is a big part of how R U OK? gets the message out and NITV reaches more Indigenous Australians than any other media outlet, so it seems like a natural fit”, Maher said.
NITV’s Channel Manager, Tanya Orman said, “As a trusted source of information, NITV is proud to provide further opportunity for the important messaging and engagement of R U OK? with Indigenous Australians.
“We want to ensure our community is equipped with the knowledge of who they can call when the going gets tough for themselves or someone they know.”
R U OK? has engaged a number of Indigenous ambassadors and role models like Steven Oliver, Jake Gablonski and Riverbank Frank Doolan to help further spread the message that asking “are you okay?” and checking in with someone who might be struggling, can change lives and sometimes save them.
On R U OK? Day, Thursday 14 September, NITV will shine a light on the work and messages of R U OK?, with the Marngrook Footy Show at 7.30pm featuring special guest Courtney Dempsey – the Essendon Bombers player who has opened up about the depression he has suffered since being delisted by the AFL club at the end of last season. At 9pm, R U OK? ambassador Jake Gablonski will be a guest on NITV’s news and current affairs discussion program The Point.
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 Thursday 14 September, 2017
• Every day is the day to start a conversation. Conversation tips and crisis numbers can be found at:
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