THERE'S HELP: Country Callback offers 24/7 telephone support for communities in rural Queensland. Call 1800 54 33 54. Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times
THERE'S HELP: Country Callback offers 24/7 telephone support for communities in rural Queensland. Call 1800 54 33 54. Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times Annie Perets

Ask someone if they are OK and make their day

R U OK? Day is all about raising awareness about depression and suicide prevention, and one local youth is doing her bit to help others.

Amy Jobling may only be 16 year old, but she has people all over the world reaching out to her in their time of need through her Instagram account.

"I speak to myriads of people across the globe through my little suicide prevention blog," she said.

"I stay anonymous, if they knew i was 16 years of age they wouldn't take me as seriously as they do now.

"For example, I've spoken to an 11-year-old in Ukraine that had seen things that no child should ever witness, things that have taken a psychological toll."

The Monto girl decided to spread the suicide prevention message after seeing those close to her effected.

"It was something I'd looked at before," she said.

"My best friend suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts, she had convinced herself that she was worthless and would rather be deceased.

"Many people believe suicide is cowardly although in reality cowardly is making someone feel so insecure, so worthless that they'd rather die than live the life that they were blessed with."

Even if Amy can help just one person see the light at the end of the tunnel, that is all that matters.

"I enjoy helping people, you never have to have a condition to be kind and helpful, it should always be unconditional," she said.

R U OK? Day on September 10 is dedicated to remind people to ask family, friends and colleagues if they really are okay. 

Amy's Instagram blog is found at suicide_prevention14.

Help is available. For Lifeline, call 13 11 14; for Country Callback call 1800 54 33 54.  


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