Olympian Libby Trickett is diving in to make a difference for R U OK? at the 2017 Rottnest Port to Pub, and encouraging more people to start life-changing conversations. 

Libby says, “Having directly seen the impact of mental health issues - both within my family and also within myself - I know how important it is to stay connected with my loved ones. The concept of R U OK? is so simple. Ask the question of your friends, family, colleagues or team mates and listen to the answer. It means that you can be plugged in to those closest to you, making sure they are coping with life's challenges. I love that something so simple can make such a huge impact. That’s why I'll be taking part in this swim and asking for your support. It’s events like these that raise awareness and inspire everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone who might be struggling with life.”

R U OK? aims to: 

  • Boost our confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life's ups and downs
  • Encourage us to use A.L.E.C to help navigate a conversation: Ask, Listen, Encourage action and Check in
  • Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us

In 1995, much-loved Barry Larkin was far from ok. His suicide left family and friends in deep grief and with endless questions. In 2009, his son Gavin Larkin chose to champion just one question to honour his father and to try and protect other families from the pain his endured. Watch the R U OK? story here:

You can show your support for Libby and the R U OK? team by making a secure online donation. Every dollar raised will help R U OK? empower and educate more Australians to support friends, families, neighbours and colleagues who might be going through tough times.

Pic: Olympian Libby Trickett, who's raising awareness for R U OK? by swimming in the 2017 Port to Pub swim. Libby is an ambassador for R U OK?

Feb 15 2017 - 9:15am