“In the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life – or even save it.” Gavin Larkin, R U OK? Founder
Eighteen years ago, much-loved Barry Larkin was far from ok. His suicide left family and friends in deep grief and with endless questions.
Six years ago, STW ad man Gavin Larkin chose to champion just one question to honour his father and to try and protect other families from the pain his endured.
Are you ok?
While collaborating with Janina Nearn on a documentary to raise awareness, the team quickly realized the documentary alone wouldn’t be enough.
To genuinely change behaviour Australia-wide, a national campaign was needed. And from this realisation, and with Gavin and Janina’s expertise and passion, R U OK? was born.
Gavin remained a passionate champion of the fact a conversation could change a life, even as cancer ended his in 2011.
His and Janina’s legacy is ensuring all Australians realise a little question can make a big difference to those people struggling with life.
Find out more about this suicide prevention not-for-profit here: ruok.org.au