Tomorrow, Thursday 14 September, is R U OK? Day, a national day of action to remind everyone to check in regularly and ask friends, family members and colleagues, “Are you OK?” and let them know, “I’m here to hear”.

Often, it can be hard to know how someone is feeling and, although it’s a simple question, “Are you OK?” can still be a tough one to ask.

Asking the question, “Are you OK?” can also have a real impact in the workplace. All of us at ACU help to create a culture of safety where people feel confident asking and answering this simple yet important question. This not only helps provide a safe and healthy workplace, but these conversations can make a real difference to our colleagues who may be going through a difficult time.

You don’t need to be an expert to reach out to someone and to make a difference, just a good friend and a willing listener. Remember that all of us have what it takes to change a life. If you’re not sure where to start, read the How to Ask R U OK? at work guide. This practical guide helps you ask, "Are you OK?” of any workmate you’re worried about and then respond appropriately and safely to anyone who says, “No, I’m not OK.” You can also view this 90-second video which can help you reach out and start a conversation with a colleague you’re worried about.

These conversations can be tough for you as well. If you’re worried about someone and would like some professional support, all staff and their immediate family members can access professional, confidential counselling support through the ACU Employee Assistance Program.

R U OK? Day aims to give people a bit more confidence to be there for each other when things are a bit tough. It’s three little words we can all ask–“R U OK?” – not just on this day, but every day.

Wellbeing and mental health workshops

Looking to learn more about wellbeing and mental health? Access the following R U OK? workshops throughout September and October:

Did you also know that ACU staff have access to additional related learning resources via LinkedIn Learning? Some courses of interest include:

Further assistance and resources

For more information, guidance and useful resources visit R U OK?. Support and resources are also available via our Employee Assistance Program or Campus Ministry. If urgent professional support is needed, please contact:

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