R U OK? Day
Drake WorkWise Team
R U OK? Day is Thursday 12th September 2019.
A national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year is a day to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs. This year, R U OK? are encouraging all Australians to start recognising and trusting the signs that someone might need support.
What are the signs?
What are they saying?
Do they seem:
- Confused or irrational
- Unable to switch off
- Concerned about the future
- Concerned they’re a burden
- Lonely or lacking self-esteem
- Concerned they’re trapped or in pain
What are they doing?
- Experiencing mood swings
- Becoming withdrawn
- Changing their online behaviour
- Losing interest in what they used to love
- Unable to concentrate
- Less interested in their appearance and personal hygiene
- Behaving recklessly
- Changing their sleep patterns
What’s going on in their life?
Are they experiencing:
- Relationship issues
- Major health issues
- Work pressure or constant stress
- Financial difficulty
- Loss of someone or something they care about
When you notice a change in someone, no matter how small, trust your gut and start an R U OK? conversation.
Ready to start a conversation?
You don't have to be an expert to have a caring, meaningful conversation.
Follow R U OK?’s four steps:
- Ask R U OK?
- Listen with an open mind
- Encourage action
- Check in
For tips on how to start an R U OK? conversation visit the website.
“In the time it takes to have a cup of coffee, you can have a conversation that could change a life” - Gavin Larkin
How EAP can help
You may find it challenging to talk about mental health and suicide with your employees or colleagues. What do you do if they are not OK?
Our team of experienced clinicians are available to help you prepare for these conversations and provide you with helpful information about available support structures.
Are you a Manager? Ask for Manager Support.
Other helpful resources
Lifeline Toolkit - Helping someone at risk of suicide Click here
Beyond Blue Suicide Prevention Plan Click here
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