Today is RUOK day, a day that is designed to encourage all of us to have that difficult first conversation. If you have a friend, family member or colleague who you think needs to have a talk about something that is on their mind then today is the day. The stigma attached to mental health issues in Australia is finally starting to dwindle and we have come a long way from the old ‘chin up’ mentality, suppressing all of the things that are troubling us. However, suicide still kills almost 2,500 people in Australia each year the majority of whom are men. Mental health affects all walks of life, the rich and poor, the famous and the infamous, the young and the old. Do yourself and your loved ones a favour today and ask “Are you OK?” For some tips on how to ask click here.