September 12, 2019

R U OK? Day

Today marks R U OK? Day, coinciding with Northern Health’s week of ‘Conversations on Mental Wellness’.

R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember that every day of the year we need to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs.

This year, the theme revolves around encouraging everyone to Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut & Ask R U OK?

It’s important our staff feel confident they know the signs someone might need support. Whenever you notice a change, no matter how small, we encourage staff to trust their gut and start an R U OK? conversation.

As employers or staff, we can all create a culture where people feel confident asking and answering this simple yet important question. We all play a role in providing a safe and healthy workplace for staff, and these conversations can make a real difference to anyone going through a tough time.

Northern Health Director OHS & Wellbeing, Will Halpin, said, “We have been privileged this week to hear inspirational stories and research around mental wellness. The poignant message for me is that we all have our vulnerabilities and bad days.”

“It takes courage to ask for help, and to ask if someone is ok, but it is incredibly important. That simple question can have a profound impact,” he added.

Watch the below video to find out how to ask R U OK? at work. For further information on R U OK? Day, click here.

Featured Image (left to right): Michelle Fenwick (Executive Director, People and Culture), Siva Sivarajah (Chief Executive), Andrew Williamson (Executive Director, Public Affairs and Foundation), Basil Ireland (Chief Financial Officer)