September is Suicide awareness month so lets talk about something.
About a week ago Bondi beach was overtaken by men in fluro speedos. There was pink zinc, tie dye suits and a hell of a lot of surfboards. Why?
All in the name of happiness. And surfing of course. The cause of this madness was an extremely incredibly amazing event hosted by the non-profit surf ‘community’ called One Wave (is all it takes).
RUOK day is a day to raise awareness for suicide and other mental happenings. One Wave uses the ocean to open up the gates and encourage everyone to bear the balls to talk about their feelings, especially if they are going through a ‘funk’. Funks, as we call them are depressive stages where you know, you just don’t feel yourself. That’s ok.
Founder, surfy dude and fellow Kiwi man Grant Treblico started this great feat over 2 years ago. In fact, earlier this year One Wave celebrated it’s 2nd birthday! In this short period One wave has evolved into a movement and attracted a fair bit of inertia on social media. With over 15.5k followers on instagram, it’s safe to say One wave is onto a good thing. One of the best in my opinion.
Here are a few sick snippets from Bondi that Thursday morning…
HUGE thanks to all the amazing people that came together this morning to show big love and support for RUOK day and World Suicide Prevention Day. Let's continue to remember the people we have lost to suicide and support anyone going through a funk. It's OK not to be OK – Check in with the people around you, a conversation could save a life. 💙 #ruokday #wspd15 // 📷 @onlyinbondi
Every day we lose 7 people to suicide in Australia. We lose around 2,500 people every year and the numbers are going up. It's the biggest killer of 15 to 44 year olds. It's f*cked! WE NEED YOUR HELP This year R U OK? Day and World Suicide Prevention Day both fall on Thursday 10th September. Come down and join the OneWave Community at 6.30am. We will create a big 💛 on the beach to remember the people we have lost to suicide and support anyone who has been affected by mental health issues. Then for anyone keen to get in the ocean and get salty we will be paddling out and writing L O V E on the water with humans and surfboards. Where: Bondi Beach 6.30am // Burleigh Heads 6.30am // Scarborough Beach Perth 7am (If you're keen to do an event at you local beach drop us an email email@example.com 😊) When: Thursday 10th September What to wear: Anything yellow or fluro What to bring: surfboards, inflatables, swimmers Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a surfer to get involved. Lets beat the funks with love and waves 💛🌊 #wspd15 #ruokday // Thanks for the awesome shot @onlyinbondi
#imnotokay is one thing I'm confident in saying. Some people are not. Today on #ruok day is a great opportunity to ask friends or work colleagues if they're okay? If they answer "No", you don't need to give answers or your opinion. Just lend your ears and that may be all they need… #ruokday #onewaveisallittakes #livin #stormyskies #bondi #community
So, follow them on instagram. Why not?
If you’re around head down to Bondi with ya board for a kick ass “Fluro Friday”.
And don’t forget to ask your mates, are you ok? You could save a life.