On the 14th of September, Australia will be asking R U OK?
Today, we’re asking you if your workplace will be a part of it? Now in its seventh year, R U OK?Day is a national suicide prevention charity whose primary goal is to help all Australians open up and have meaningful conversations about their feelings and emotions.
Not everyone has family and friends they can lean on, but couldn’t everyone in your workplace have each other?
Having people around you who care, or to whom you can turn to in a time of crisis is hugely important.
While emotional support comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, it begins with authentic and courageous communication. As the R U OK? organisation says, ‘A conversation could change a life.’ Plus it’s a great way to help engender inclusiveness and togetherness in the workplace.
How can you bring R U OK? into your workplace?
It should be every employer’s aim to have a workplace where colleagues genuinely care for each other’s wellbeing. Feeling like you can approach a colleague and ask for help, or ask one if they need support is a great start. The R U OK? campaign aims to create awareness of the importance of asking the question “Are you ok?” and offers guidance on how to have the conversation and really listen.
Through regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations in the workplace, we can aim to help those who may be struggling with life feel connected long before their feelings, thoughts and behaviours take a downward spiral.
For more information on how you can get involved, visit ruok.org.au and view our employee section for related articles.
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University of Minnesota. Social support [Online; last updated Jul 2013; accessed Aug 2016] Available from: www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu
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