27 September 2017, The Tablet

Happiness has become an industry that is selling all of us a lie


Barry Larkin committed suicide in 1995. No one in his family or among his friends knew he was chronically depressed. His son, Gavin, was so shocked by his much-loved father’s death that it eventually led him to co-found the R U OK? movement.

On the second Thursday in September, Australians are encouraged to contact someone they know who might be going through a difficult patch and ask: “Are you OK?” 

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