Esperance LifeSPAN partners with local coffee shops for R U OK? Day

Bean Break customer Mark Clare, Bean Break barrista Tracey Vincent, Bean Break co-owner Reese Penny, Esperance LifeSPAN secretary and treasurer Meg Sims and Esperance LifeSPAN chair Raelene Craft. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Bean Break customer Mark Clare, Bean Break barrista Tracey Vincent, Bean Break co-owner Reese Penny, Esperance LifeSPAN secretary and treasurer Meg Sims and Esperance LifeSPAN chair Raelene Craft. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

‘R U OK?’ Day signs were displayed by local coffee businesses to promote mental health awareness.

‘R U OK’ Day on September 13, is a national day designed to remind everyone that a conversation could change a life and to encourage people to ask each other “are you okay?”

In partnership with Esperance LifeSPAN, coffee businesses around town displayed ‘R U OK’ Day signs, handed out ‘R U OK?’ cups and asked the important question to their customers.

Esperance LifeSPAN chair Raelene Craft said LifeSPAN was a suicide prevention network that promoted awareness of mental health and suicide prevention within the community.

Ms Craft said engaging coffee shops in the day was a national ‘R U OK?’ Day strategy.

“Everyone has a coffee and it’s a good way to get promotional material out there,” she said.

“It targets a wide range of people.”

Ms Craft said the business support in Esperance had been “fabulous”.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by all the cafes and Bunnings and the new cafe Breakaway Cafe that have come on board,” she said.

Esperance LifeSPAN secretary and treasurer Meg Sims said cafes that were not included asked to be included next year.

“They’ve heard that we’re doing it so they’ve asked to come on board next year,” she said. 

LifeSPAN has been in Esperance for around four years.

Ms Craft said if any community members would like to join, the group would love to have them.

For more information on Esperance LifeSPAN visit their Facebook page

If you are in a crisis and need support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.