Inverell Encouraged to Paint the Town Yellow this September

Most people know that yellow symbolises happiness, warmth and positivity.  What many don’t know is that yellow is also the official colour of suicide awareness and prevention.

This September, the Inverell Place Team, including various Pathfinders programs and services, is encouraging the businesses and community members of Inverell to “Paint the Town Yellow” leading up to R U OK? Day on September 14th.

R U OK?’s mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around us. It helps give people the skills to have a conversation that might make a difference to someone they’re worried about.

In recent years the Inverell community has been affected by mental illness and suicide. The Inverell Place Team’s R U OK? Subcommittee aims to raise awareness and start conversations across Inverell to show that we support each other through life’s ups and downs.

They’re  encouraging our business owners to “Paint the Town Yellow” in the week leading up to R U OK? Day by decorating store fronts with all things yellow, including the R U OK? posters the subcommittee will provide. Community member and business owners will also have the opportunity to attend Meg Percival’s free Care Training session on Thursday September 7th from 6pm to 7pm to help owners and employees feel comfortable asking clients if they’re OK and having the conversations that could make a difference.

Everyone is also invited to attend the free R U OK? Day event on September 14th from 10am to 1pm at Victoria Park to engage in supportive conversations with fellow members of the Inverell community. There will be special R U OK? Day messages, guest speakers, morning tea, fun activities and much more.

For more information about Paint the Town Yellow, the R U OK? Day event or interview opportunities, please contact Noelia Trujillo at 04 2937 1489 or noeliat@pathfinders.ngo.