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This year’s theme for R U OK day was ‘Are They Really OK?’

As an employer, manager, colleague, friend or family member we can all make a difference in the lives of those who might by struggling with mental health and wellbeing issues by having regular, meaningful, empathetic conversations about life’s ups and downs, especially life at the moment with all the challenges we are constantly facing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you feel like something’s not quite right with someone you know – there’s something going on in their life or you notice a change in their behaviour – trust your gut instinct and take the time to ask them “Are you OK?”  We can all create a culture where people feel confident asking R U OK?  And by reaching out to someone who’s going through a difficult time we can show them they’re supported and encourage them to access help sooner.

VTIC is featuring information from www.ruok.org.au for the month of September as part of the national R U OK Day activities to help members build knowledge and confidence in knowing how to have a conversation that could change a life.  R U OK has developed 4 step conversation guide to give people the skills and confidence to navigate a conversation with someone they may be worried about. These steps are: Ask – Listen – Encourage Action – Check in.

If you would like learn more about how to ask R U OK? or would be interested in training your staff and teams in how to have a conversation about mental health or learn how to apply psychological first aid our mental health clinician/consultant Dannii is available for one-one-one consultations or to run workshops.  Contact Dannii on consultation@vtic.com.au for further advice and information.

For urgent assistance please dial 000 or call Lifeline 13 11 14.

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