2020 has been one of the most challenging years in recent memory. In Australia, we had barely recovered from devastating bushfires only to be thrown into isolation by government mandated lockdowns. In New Zealand, our teams endured the harshest lockdown restrictions in the world, taking a significant toll on mental health. It’s even more important for all of us to stay connected and be willing to support those around us.
The theme of this month’s B-Informed is ‘Our Leadership’, and an essential part of being a leader is having the courage to ask if someone is coping emotionally. It’s not an easy conversation to have, and people are often worried about saying the wrong thing and making matters worse. However, it’s important to trust the signs and your gut feeling if someone is struggling emotionally and reach out if you notice a change, no matter how small.
Thursday the 10th of September is R U OK? Day – our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask “Are you OK?”
We know it can be a difficult conversation to start, even when you know it would help someone you care about. To support our people and help you build confidence to start a conversation, we have developed a training package to arm you with the knowledge on how to begin a conversation that could change a life.
Click below to learn How to Ask R U OK?
If you missed the Belgravia ‘Do You Need to Ask Someone R U Ok?’ live stream on the 9th of September, tune in to the recap here.
Visit the R U OK website for more information and resources.
If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing difficulties with their mental health, encourage them to connect with a trusted health professional, like their GP, or these Australian and New Zealand crisis lines and professionals:
Lifeline (24/7 )
13 11 14
Beyond Blue (24/7)
1300 224 636
1800 18 SANE (7263)
0800 611 116
0800 543 354
0800 726 666