The R U OK ? at school program was launched in Sydney on August 9, aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues and allowing students to drive conversation on the topic.
The program was launched by minister for mental health Mark Butler and member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese at Canterbury Boys High School in Sydney.
The program will help teenagers support each other better at school and in the community, says Mr Butler.
"Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people so clearly we have to find ways to help teenagers talk about the issues affecting them before those issues escalate," he said.
The initiative is aimed at encouraging students to have open conversations with each other, says Mr Albanese, which could "ultimately save lives".
"Students and teachers from Canterbury Boys and other schools in Sydney helped design this program to reflect their needs and the issues they experience at school," Mr Albanese said.
"We want to empower students to ask the question ‘are you ok?’ and also find the courage to say ‘I’m not ok’, which is often the toughest step."
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