For employers, asking a worker if they are OK when someone notices they are becoming stressed can be part of maintaining a mentally safe and healthy workplace. However, research commissioned by R U OK? found that nearly two-thirds of Australians are not confident they know the signs that someone may be struggling with life and 41% had not asked someone if they were OK because they were not sure they knew the signs. Fortunately, 49% said they would be more confident starting a conversation if they did know the signs.
Employers might also notice changes in a worker’s mood, behaviour and ability to concentrate, or hear that a worker is experiencing work or home stress, financial difficulty, loss of something or someone they care about, major health issues, relationship breakdown or study pressures. In these cases, early intervention can help prevent their condition worsening and support recovery. As a result, R U OK? is encouraging all Australians to learn the signs and hold meaningful conversations across their communities and workplaces. For more information on how to get involved in R U OK?Day, visit: www.ruok.org.au/join-r-u-ok-day.
Mend Services provide a Mental Health & Well-being training program to your employees in a group setting.
Mend Services also provide an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Please see our EAP page for more information or contact Mend Services.