This Thursday 8 September 2016 marks national R U OK Day, where Australians are encouraged to meaningfully connect with people around them and support everyone struggling with 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.
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, the R U OK website provides resources to assist you 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 a person'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.