CONTENT WARNING: This piece discusses mental health, depression and suicide. If you would like to talk to someone about mental health, you can call the Kids Helpline (ages 5–25) on 1800 55 1800 or Headspace on 1800 650 890. If you are contemplating suicide or having suicidal thoughts, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. If you are in immediate danger, call 000.
Thursday September 13th is R U Ok Day, where we remind ourselves of the importance of the incredibly important act of checking in with those around us for the sake of mental health and suicide prevention.
One man who has encountered his fair share of those battling mental health issues on the beach is Bruce 'Hoppo' Hopkins who is an ambassador for RUOK Day.
Sam and Maddie caught up with him to find out how personal it is for him and to discuss the importance of asking that necessary question: