Today is RU OK? Day and SafeWork SA is encouraging everyone to check in with the people around them, and particularly the people they work with, and ask if they’re really OK.

Work is a big part of our daily lives and can support mental health by giving us a feeling of purpose and a sense of self-worth. However, workplaces currently face a range of challenges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including job uncertainty, financial pressure and workplace culture issues.

The current challenges that we face may lead to increased stress, isolation, violence, bullying and harassment, which can have an impact on workers mental health, social and emotional wellbeing.

You don't need to be an expert to reach out - just a good friend and a great listener.

Use these four steps and have a conversation that could change a life:

  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in

Good mental health supports people to thrive in their life, work and relationships with others. Meanwhile, mental ill-health can have a significant negative impact on individuals and the workplace. Businesses must consider the psychological health and wellbeing of workers in the same way they do physical health.

Further information and help

The SafeWork SA website has a wealth of information on mental health and healthy workers and workplaces. The Wellbeing SA ‘Open Your World’ website also contains useful advice, information and links to supporting resources.

The RUOK? resources page provides practical tools and tips on how to spot the signs that someone might be struggling at work.  There are resources specific to industries including hospitality, motor trades and tradies to help you know when and how to ask their workmates ‘are you OK?’.

Visit the RUOK? website for more tools and resources to help with mental health at work for you and your co-workers.
If you or someone you know is in need of immediate help, please consider calling Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.