It’s Okay, Not to be Okay

You may have seen the slogan on footy club apparel or on a car sticker on your drive home from work – but what does, It’s Okay Not To Be Okay really mean and who is this organisation? It’s Okay, Not to be Okay was formed in the very pit of our heartache, in May... View Article

You may have seen the slogan on footy club apparel or on a car sticker on your drive home from work – but what does, It’s Okay Not To Be Okay really mean and who is this organisation?

It’s Okay, Not to be Okay was formed in the very pit of our heartache, in May 2016, when our family tragically lost Ben at 22 years of age to suicide.

One minute he was watching a movie on the couch with his older sister, the next minute gone, ripped from our lives, and from our futures forever.

Ben was outgoing, lively, affectionate, and not afraid to show his emotions and was very much loved by everyone he met.

When we were looking for Ben on that Sunday night, never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined that we would have found him the way that we did.

That he would have taken his own life.

This is why we started It’s Okay, Not to be Okay.

If Ben; the life of the party, who has a loving family, a great job and friends, thought that this was an answer to his darkest thoughts, then anyone could do this and it didn’t sit well with us.

So here we are today.

Our aim and mission is to educate, support and assist with mental health battles, loss and grief struggles, and promote suicide prevention within the community because we all walk around with stories and feelings that not many, or no one else knows about.

You can get involved by helping normalise conversations about mental health by wearing a jumper of ours, or by putting a sticker on your car, or by running an event or adding a logo to your uniform.

You can jump on our Facebook page and share your story or just like our page.

Or, more importantly, you can be brave enough to ask your family, teammates and coaches if they are ok and, if they’re not, get them some help.

We are looking forward to this up and coming official, It’s Okay, Not to be Okay round to help get our message out there and to continue to stamp out the stigma that may be associated with mental health issues.

The Hocking Family

 

MPNFL – Saturday 28 July, 2018

The upcoming round of matches in the MPNFL is the official It’s Okay, Not to be Okay round, with the signature match taking place between Frankston Bombers and Bonbeach at Greg Beck Oval.

There will be a raffle taking place on the day, the canteen and bar will be open, so please join the Hocking’s for what is sure to be a passion-filled round – dedicated to the memory of Ben and the future endeavours of It’s Okay, Not to be Okay.

For more information on It’s Okay, Not to be Okay, please visit the website or Facebook page by going to the links provided below.

Website

https://www.itsokaynottobeokay.com.au/

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/itsoknottobeokay/

AFL South East – It’s Okay, Not to be Okay video