R U OK? Day 2020 (10 September) is a national day of action. A time to remind all Australians that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?”
RU OK? Day aims to encourage Australians to connect with each other and support anyone struggling with life.
By starting a conversation with someone and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up.
LABOURPOWER IS PROUD TO SUPPORT R U OK? DAY
The pressure so many Australians are feeling in 2020 makes this year more important than ever. So today, is a timely reminder to check-in with colleagues and loved ones and ask the question R U OK?
Asking ‘are you okay’ is something we can all do to make a difference. As part of our commitment to each other’s well-being, we want to encourage the importance of regular, meaningful conversation.
Remember, you don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.
THERE’S MORE TO SAY AFTER R U OK?
This year’s RU OK? Day message is about helping people know what to do if someone says NO, they’re not okay.
Firstly, take time to listen and help the conversation continue by asking:
- Have you been feeling this way for a while?
Also, encourage someone to take action or find support:
- What can I do right now to support you?
- Have you thought about talking to your doctor?
Finally, it’s important to check-in regularly to see how they’re doing:
- How about I check in with you again next week?
- How have you been since we last chatted?
A CONVERSATION CAN CHANGE A LIFE
It’s not always easy to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK, but it could change a life.
Remember, you don’t have to be an expert to keep a conversation going. To help you learn what to say next, visit the R U OK? website where you’ll find some terrific resources including:
TIPS ON HOW TO ASK
- Ask R U OK?
Be relaxed, friendly and concerned in your approach
- Listen with an open mind
Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt or rush the conversation
- Encourage action
Ask: “What have you done in the past to manage similar situations?”
- Check in
Remember to stay in touch regularly by popping reminders in your diary to call them and check in
GET THE SUPPORT YOU NEED
At Labourpower, if someone approaches you and says they’re not okay then we might be able to offer them access to our employee assistance program. If you’re worried about a colleague or you need help, then please contact your Account Manager or Labourpower HR.
Starting a conversation can be tricky and sometimes, it’s just too big for work colleagues, family and friends to handle. If you or someone you know needs urgent professional support, then contact your local GP or one of the agencies listed on the R U OK? website.