R U OK? DAY SEPTEMBER 13 2102 – a conversation could change a life….

R U OK?Day is a national day of action dedicated to inspiring all Australians to ask family, friends and colleagues, ‘Are you ok?’ By regularly reaching out to one another and having open and honest conversations, we can all help build a more connected community and reduce our country’s high suicide rate.

R U OK?Day is on 13 September 2012

More than 2,200 Australians suicide each year and men are around 3 times more likely to die by suicide than females (ABS 2012). For each person that takes their life, another 30 people attempt to end their own life (SANE Australia).

 Most people don’t openly share their feelings, particularly if they’re struggling. The best thing we can all do is regularly talk to the people we care about – regardless of whether they are at risk – because connection is good for us all.

 In the time it takes to have your coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.

Who will you ask?

 Helping workplaces to boost employee resilience

 Janina Nearn, CEO of R U OK? Foundation, the organisation behind R U OK?Day, the national suicide prevention campaign, said workplaces need to understand the important role they can play in employee mental health and wellbeing, and how they can proactively stop little problems becoming bigger.

‘Managers and employees need to feel confident in their ability to have meaningful conversations, as well as feel they can turn to someone for support when struggling with an issue impacting on their performance in the workplace,’ she said. ‘The R U OK? at Work program encourages businesses to address seemingly small issues as they occur, so they don’t escalate into more serious issues.

‘This research shows that if we are not willing to have or start these conversations, not only do we put employees’ mental health at risk, but it also costs the Australian workplace in terms of absenteeism, staff turnover, decreased performance and more workplace conflict.’

Key recommendations for managers, team members, individuals and HR practitioners can be found in the R U OK? Australian Workplace Relationships Survey. For free resources to support HR professionals, managers and employees with the identified issues, downloaded the R U OK? at Work program.