An Orange support group is urging people to think about suicide prevention this week with Thursday, September 12, being RUOK? Day.
The Orange Regional Suicide Prevention Network is running several events.
Suicide Prevention Worker Casey Naden said they wanted to highlight the importance of people looking out for each other and be willing to ask others if they were feeling OK.
"The theme for this year's RUOK? Day is 'Trust the signs, trust you gut and ask RUOK?" she said.
Ms Naden said she did not have statistics for Orange but it was a serious problem nationally.
"Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44," she said.
Ms Naden said men were three times more likely to die by suicide than women.
And she said the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed more men died from suicide than road deaths.
This week in Orange the group will recognise World Suicide Prevention Day with a screening of the film The Ripple Effect.
Entry is free, but registration is requiredby calling 0434 330 760 by Monday night.
The film will be screened at the Winhanganha Aboriginal Learning Centre in Sale Street from 6.30pm.
"After the showing a variety of support people are available on the night and a variety of mental health resources will be available for people to access," she said.
Ms Naden said a free light supper would also be served.
On Thursday RUOK? Day will be recognised with a number of stalls at locations across Orange from 10am-2pm.
Ms Naden said the main stall would be at the IGA store in Peisley Street where support people and a free barbecue will be available.
Other stall locations include: IGA Summer Street, Woolworths North Orange, Aldi Peisley Street, the Orange Library, Orange Central Square and the Orange City Centre.
Ms NadeN said Orange businesses, some high schools and TAFE would be involved in the events.
On Friday, September 13, suicide prevention network staff will also be at a free tradies barbecue from 7am at Bunnings.
This year there is a focus for RUOK? Day nationally on mental health and suicide prevention in the construction industry.
RUOK? ambassador Justin Geange said research showed people working in that industry were at a higher risk of suicide than other people.
He said Australia lost one construction industry worker to suicide every second day.
For help you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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