Cafes around Orange spent Thursday getting the word out about the importance of mental health discussion the best way they knew how - with takeaway coffee.
Normally on R U OK Day - a national day of suicide prevention - the Orange Region Suicide Prevention Network (ORSPN) will set up stalls in the city's major shopping centres.
As the purchasing of takeaway coffee was one of the few things people could still do under the current Public Health Order, it immediately seemed to offer the perfect solution, explained ORSPN chair Sharon Taylor.
Thousands of yellow coffee lids, posters and conversation cards were made with the R U OK slogan, and given to 12 different Orange cafes, as well as both McDonald Restaurants.
"Life's ups and downs happen to everyone, but if you think you know someone who might be struggling, you can make a difference - either big or small - just by asking that question," Ms Taylor said.
If that person gives the default response that they're fine, Ms Taylor encourages those concerned about their mental health to try and "keep that conversation going" and to keep checking in with them.
The need to try and help those suffering has also never been so great, according to both ORSPN and many other suicide-prevention networks which are on the frontline of the current mental health crisis which is being called the "shadow pandemic".
"Me, personally, I have seen a lot more people struggling," Ms Taylor said.
"It's probably been throughout the year but since we've had to go into lockdown [for] even longer [the mental health crisis has worsened].
"People are suffering from loneliness and stuff like that and... [lockdown had made it] just so much harder now [because] they're all isolated as well.
"They're not getting that social contact with family and friends and stuff, [so] a lot of people are struggling big time with their mental health at the moment.
"Just start a conversation - it could be life changing for someone," Ms Taylor urged.
"R U OK shouldn't be just one day, it should be every day."
For crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
For mental health advice, call Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348.
To connect with specialist mental health services, call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.
In an emergency, call 000 (Triple 0).
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