R U OK?
JAMES IS PROUDLY A R U OK? AMBASSADOR.
I've faced certain challenges in my personal life over the years. As a musician and from a young age, I was performing in environments where alcohol and drugs were easily accessible and as a result I battled addiction for many years. I knew I was at a low point when a friend said to me, "If you keep going like this you're going to die.” And he was right, if something didn’t change, I would have and all before I even turned 20. It hasn't always been easy to know where to turn and for a long time I didn't know what I was doing or where my life would end up. But it was through having some life saving conversations with people who cared about me that I was able to get my life back on track, one step at a time. I know I’ll still have some tough days occasionally, but life has opened up since I let people in and allowed them to support me. That’s something I now want to do for other people who might be going through their own personal battles. I want them to know things can get better and circumstances can change when you let yourself connect with people you trust.
R U OK? is all about that- reaching out to those around you and checking in with each other. It can be a simple conversation that could save a life, because for me it did. I feel honoured to announce that I have become an ambassador for suicide prevention charity R U OK?
R U OK Day is September 14th, but any day is a good day too ask the question R U OK?"