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It's RU OK Day, and we're being urged to discuss a sometimes taboo topic, with around 3000 Australians taking their own lives a year, including 80 Tasmanians.

The Stay ChatTY team will visit around 15 local schools and work places across Hobart and Launceston spreading the RUOK Day message.

“There’s more to say after R U OK? By learning what to say next, you can keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK, and that conversation could change a life," said SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY founder Mitch McPherson, who lost his younger brother Ty to suicide in 2013. 

“By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up."

Suicide Prevention Australia has released a report revealing more than three quarters of frontline services such as Lifeline are reporting increased demand during the pandemic.

Helpline Lifeline also received a record number of calls on Tuesday; 3326 Australians in crisis reached out.

That's despite findings by Victoria's coroners court that there's been no increase in suicide rates in that state, which has Australia's toughest restrictions.

As always anyone who needs help can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.