Thursday 12 September is RU OK Day which is about making sure that the people you know are OK.
At work, asking someone if they’re OK can mean a lot. Having meaningful conversations and genuinely caring about your staff and colleagues can help to improve staff morale and productivity.
What is RU OK Day?
RU OK day is a national day of action held on the second Thursday of September, dedicated to reminding people to regularly check in with family, friends and colleagues.
The RU OK? Foundation works with experts in suicide prevention and mental illness, and with government departments, businesses, teachers, universities, students and community groups. They develop resources to help people have meaningful conversations with each other.
Rights at work
Everyone working in Australia has rights at work. If you or a family or household member is experiencing depression or another type of mental illness, you may be able to take paid or unpaid personal or carer’s leave.
More information and support
In Australia, it is estimated that 45% of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.
If you or someone you know or work with is experiencing a mental illness, including depression or anxiety, you can get immediate support from beyondblue . You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 1300 22 4636, chat online between 4-10pm or send an email. You can also call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24 hour support, 7 days a week, or try their online live chat 8pm to midnight AEST, 7 days a week.