Thursday, September 9 is RUOK day and organisations around Australia are asked to encourage conversations about a difficult subject that affects a large portion of the Australian workforce being mental health and the risk of suicide.

RUOK? is a charity aimed at raising awareness of the risk of suicide and to assist in its prevention and is behind the national day with a wealth of resources to assist at www.ruok.org.au.

Mental Health is an important part of workplace health and safety and a day like RUOK day is a great time to look at how your operation approaches mental health and assess whether there are effective processes in place to promote health and well-being.

Apart from the pressures of the pandemic, workers can be at risk of developing mental health issues if there has been any history of job insecurity, long working hours, bullying or even poor communication.

Encourage your staff to ask someone they work with whether they are OK. By taking this simple step, it is possible to initiate a conversation that may lead to someone potentially at the risk of harm to seek assistance.

Genuinely taking the time to listen to the answer to the question of ‘are you ok?’ is an important step in making that connection stronger. For more information, check out the resources and webinars available at RUOK?

Training of staff and good management that promotes a supportive work environment will assist to reduce stress and eliminate bullying.

So use an event such as R U OK? Day to consider how your business approaches mental health and assess whether there are effective processes in place to promote health and well-being.

Look towards reinforcing the processes you already have in place, which might include health and well-being programs and anti-bullying, discrimination and harassment policies.

At a minimum, start the conversation in your workplace to work towards establishing such policies, to ensure you are compliant with workplace laws that apply in this area.

For assistance contact the team at TurfPlus for further information at admin@turfplus.com.au.