Carnival spreads healthy message

Mates: Warrnambool Special Development School students Ben Martin, 16, Andrew Grose, 16, Luke Byrne, 16, Jai Sutton, 13, and Kaleb McLaren, 15. Venues across Warrnambool became a sea of yellow yesterday to spread the R U OK Day message.
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Thumbs up: Brauer College student Danielle McKenzie-Sturgess, 14, spends some time with her brother Donald Sutcliff, 6, from the Warrnambool Special Development School at the R U OK Day carnival. Pictures: Amy Paton

Warrnambool Special Development School students were among those taking partina first-timecarnival eventat the Friendlies Oval offering jumping castles, live music and other activities.

R U OK Day began in 2009 with the aim of preventing suicideand encouraging conversations about mental health.

Warrnambool Special Development School assistant principal Sue Fraser said that the R U OK message was particularly important for young people.

“We are looking to teach students to recognise that a friend may not be feeling OK and show them what they can do to help,” she said.

Warrnambool City Council organised the day, with support from Brauer and Warrnambool colleges, Warrnambool Special Development School, Headspace, Warrnambool Lions Club, Maccas Amusements and Wannon Water.

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