R U OK? Day is a national day encouraging Australians to connect with their family, friends and colleagues to make sure that they are ok. In its third year running, R U Ok? Day, this Thursday 13th September, continues to grow with almost 1 in 5 Australians involved in having a conversation.
It’s one conversation that could change a life, and it’s this simple yet effective philosophy that continues to allow this important movement to grow. Mental health is a serious issue in Australia, with more than 2,200 Australians suicide each year. For each person that takes their lives, there is another 30 who attempt to end theirs.
We spend the majority of our adult awake lives at work, and it’s this environment that we need to be mindful of, particularly considering recent survey results. 46% of people surveyed said that they would rather look for a new job than deal with a workplace issues. This avoidance culture that is being fostered in our workforces is being fuelled by workplace conflict, employee-manager relationship problems and the lack of confidence of Australian Managers in holding meaningful conversations with their staff.
To understand what you can do to better equip your Managers and staff – download some of the resources provided by this not for profit organisation – http://www.ruokday.com/resources-for-you/r-u-ok-at-work/.
One organisation who has taken this important R U OK? Day message to promote the conversation to their organisation is Ramsay Health Care. For the second year in a row, Ramsay Health Care won the R U OK? Day AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute) Award for their related health promotion activities in 2011. Ramsay Health Care raised $20,000 for the RUOK? Day Foundation through this initiative which goes towards continuing to provide suicide awareness and intervention programs in schools, universities and workplaces. This is a fantastic achievement and having spoken to Ramsay Health Care recently, this was due to the support of Management and staff through a range of activities that made this day such a success. I’m looking forward to hearing what Ramsay Health Care conduct in 2012 and other organisations in spreading the R U OK? message.
Should you or your organisation like to be involved, it’s not too late – visit http://www.ruokday.com for more information.