- On September 6, 2022
Founded by Gavin Larkin in 2009 after losing his father to suicide, R U OK? Day has one simple and important goal; inspiring people to ask a simple question that could save a life: R U OK?
We know that the workplace is an important place to foster better mental health, so here are some of our favourite suggestions to help you get involved in the workplace for R U OK Day, this Thursday September 8th.
1. Ask a Colleague – R U OK?
This may be the hardest one, but it’s the most important – and the best way you can get involved! Commit to asking just one person in your workplace how they are. The below steps are a simple guide for how to ask the question, and what you can do to help when your colleague wants to talk. R U OK provide a more detailed guide you can download here on their website.
2. Host a Workplace or Team Building Event
If you haven’t already organised a talk, presentation or workshop for this Thursday – that’s okay!! There are so many ways to bring your team together in the workplace for team building.
For something simple, R U OK are live streaming a free presentation at 10am (AWST) this Thursday 8th September. Register to tune in and hear from R U OK? CEO and guests sharing conversation tips and personal stories.
For something more interactive, team activities and challenges are a great way to build connections and get some conversations going in your workplace. Friendly down time with activities creates a great atmosphere to start building relationships and a more supportive environment for sharing.
- Team Building activities from your Wellness Station:
- Puzzle Cards
- Bean Me Up grow kits
- Art of Conversation Cards
- Morning Tea and a Team Chat
- R U OK? Conversation Bingo Sheet
3. Send Out/Put Up Some Resources
R U OK have a stack of resources to help business leaders, owners and employees build a better culture around mental health in their workplace. Particularly helpful for HR and social committees, here are some of our picks for workplace resources for both Thursday September 8th and into the future:
- How to Ask Guide
- Conversation Guide
- R U OK? Workplace Champions Guide
- Four Steps Posters
- Support Services Poster
- Videos and more resources on the R U OK Day Website
- Support Services Directory