Thursday 10 September 2015 marked national R U OK day, where Australians were reminded to check in with friends and colleagues to make sure they were really dealing with general problems in life.
The campaign aims to encourage discussion amongst people about how individuals are coping in the hope that when someone is struggling, they can access the appropriate help and resources they need. When having a conversation about how someone is managing, the R U OK organisation encourages people to hold the conversation in a private setting to facilitate full and frank disclosure, and to mention specific changes you have noticed in the individual that might indicate that they really are not coping.
The value of simply listening without judgment when someone has a problem is of particular importance to ensuring that the person you are helping feels comfortable enough to be completely honest. If you have noticed a change in someone, you should be aware of the resources that are available to assist so you can point them in the right direction for help.
Finally, remember to follow up on your conversation to see how they are progressing. Sometimes, simply being able to talk things through out loud with someone else can lift an enormous burden from someone's shoulders. Other times, they might need professional assistance or advice.
Mental illness can be triggered by a variety of factors, with workplace stress amongst the most common. If you or someone you know has suffered psychologically as a result of their employment, we encourage you to speak with one of our expert injury lawyers on (03) 9321 9988 to discuss what resources may be available to assist.