Looking out for your work mates, R U OK day

    R U OK?
    13 September 2018

    Looking out for your work mates, R U OK day

    Elle Sarris 

    Legal Assistant - WorkCover

    Sometimes, in getting swept up in the hustle and bustle of a busy day at work, we forget to ask our work mates how they are going. 

    You can feel how that momentum has shifted in our office today, and we hope that it has in your workplace today too, as we all embrace R U OK day and raise the bar in looking out for each other. 

    There are many things in our daily lives that can have an impact on our mental health, both in and out of the workplace. It is important to remember, as we go about getting through a day’s work, that getting through a day’s work may not be the only thing the person next to us is going through.   

    Currently, 3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression (https://www.beyondblue.org.au/). R U OK day provides an important reminder that we can all play a part in increasing awareness around mental health and that we all have the power to start a simple conversation that can make all the difference. 

    How we can all get involved with R U OK day 
    R U OK day is all about starting a simple conversation using four steps:

    1.  Ask R U OK? 
    2. Listen
    3. Encourage action 
    4. Check in 

    So if you can find a moment today, whether it’s on your morning tea or afternoon coffee break - ask your colleagues, friends or family if they are OK. 

    Need more information? 
    To get advice on how to ask someone if they are okay or to connect with mental health support, you can go to https://www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask.

    Do you know someone who has suffered a mental health injury at work? 
    If you or someone you know has suffered a mental health injury at work, that injury may be compensable. To find out if we can help, contact our WorkCover experts on 1800 ZAPARAS for a cost and obligation free initial consultation.