Mid-North Coast residents are being asked to 'Trust the Signs' as part of a travelling mental health campaign run by R U OK Day in Port Macquarie.
An R U OK Day convo convoy will make its way to Port Macquarie Private Hospital from 12.30pm to 2pm on Friday, July 12.
The gathering will discuss how to notice the signs someone may be struggling with life and how to ask the big question, Are you okay?
It will also feature a barbecue, giveaways, local music, support services and activities for all ages.
Port Macquarie Private Hospital chief executive Connie Porter said the event is open to all and is a continual message of support for the community.
"It's important to have those conversations all the time with the people you work with, loved ones or friends," said Ms Porter.
"It's obviously not ideal to be leaving it to just one day of the year. We're really trying to highlight the importance of asking someone if they're okay regularly.
"It's an important conversation to have, not just with work colleagues but also friends and family."
Signs a person may be struggling may include changes in mood, withdrawing from family and friends, sounding more confused or irrational, difficulty switching off and changes in their online behaviour.
Signs may also include behaving recklessly, losing interest in hobbies or maintaining personal hygiene and appearance.
Factors affecting a persons life may include relationship breakdown, major health issues, work stress, financial difficulty and the loss of someone they care about.
Endeavour Mental Health Recovery Clubhouse chief executive Rob Moorehead said the Hastings community is very aware of the importance in mental health recovery.
"Every day is RUOK Day because it's something that we should be talking about all the time and speaking to those around us if someone doesn't seem themselves," said Mr Moorehead.
"It's breaking down that stigma of mental illness and creating awareness across the board.
"With mental illness often people tend to hold these things in and get deeper and deeper (in trouble), so if you don't ask the question then you can't help."
"See how others are going and if they need help through meaningful conversations.
"We should get used to doing this everyday of the week."
During the Trust the Signs tour operated by R U OK Day, an educational installation will travel 14,000km through 24 communities from July 10 to September 12.
R U OK? Day is a national day of action reminding people to ask family, friends and colleagues how they are going in life on September 12.
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