R U OK? Day is all about staying connected and having meaningful conversations with people who may be having a tough time – and that includes work colleagues.
R U OK? road show
To raise awareness and start some conversations, last week Rise invited the whole team to wear yellow for R U OK? Day and attend a session to learn more about mental health.
Workplace Health and Safety Officer Julie Exeter, along with our Mental Health team, hit the road visiting Rise sites for the whole week.
At the sessions we talked about what RU OK? is all about and the four steps that could save a life:
- Encourage action
- Follow up
We also learned how to listen and look out for signs that someone we work with is struggling.
We all need to be confident to ask someone R U OK? So each session included role-playing where we explored ways to start the conversation and how to be prepared for the response we may get.
CEO Justine Colyer said Rise offers a range of flexible and tailored support for when ever people need it.
I want to thank you all for being part of supportive and open communication with your teams and making sure you take care of yourselves so we can all look out for each other.
It was an important reminder to take care of our own mental health as well as look out for how others are doing.
If you missed the session at your work site, there is a load of excellent information and resources on the R U OK? website.
Big thank you to Julie for organising the seriously yummy R U OK? cakes!
Rise Mental Health
Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.