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Building an R U OK? culture is more important than ever

Tomorrow is RU OK? day, Thursday 8th September.

Asking the question “Are you ok?” can really work in the workplace. As employers or staff, we can all create a culture where people feel confident asking and answering this simple yet important question. Besides our legal responsibility of providing a safe and healthy workplace, these conversations can make a real difference to staff going through a tough time and potentially save lives.

The most common question we hear is "HOW DO I ASK?" People are worried that by asking RU OK? they may insult someone or create an awkward situation.

Our friends at in Castelmaine run training on how to talk about suicidal ideation. CVC have attended this course which explains how frank and vulnerable conversations are often exactly what people need when they are struggling with their mental health.

Hear Justin's story below about how a conversation helped him.

R U OK? has developed four conversation steps to give you the skills and confidence to navigate a conversation with someone you're worried about.

They have developed this poster you can print and display at your place and this conversation guide to learn more about how the four steps work in practice.

The following video should how to follow the four steps when having these important conversations...


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