Today is R U OK? Day as well as World Suicide Prevention Day. As 2020 has hit Australians and the world with crisis after crisis, it is no surprise that Mental Health is at the top of corporate and personal priority lists.

Staff, Managers, Owners – all humans

Small or large, all businesses are comprised of staff, owners, managers all of whom are humans. As COVID-19 continues to ravage the health of so many and continue to have real and urgent impacts on businesses and the economy. As the bushfire season kicks off with a disappointing bang. As high school and university graduates face matriculation without the trappings. In short, as 2020 continues to throw the concept of normal out the window, coping with the continued uncertainty, restrictions, crisis and concern is getting harder and harder.

So today especially we are encouraging you to make some time, to express to yourselves as managers, operators and as humans, and to those humans around you…. It is ok not to be ok, and it shows strength to ask for help!  To ask R U OK? and to encourage all around you to seek help if struggling.

See below for a list of mental health resources, and further down for the R U OK? Day press release, that includes very helpful resources on what you should say and do after asking R U OK?

Mental Health Resources

The Beyond Blue COVID-19 Mental Wellbeing support service is now up and running.  See; https://acapmag.com.au/2020/04/beyond-blue-welcomes-funding-for-new-covid-19-support-service/ for more details and call 1300 224 636 24/7 for help

There are resources available to assist you and your employee’s mental health including:

  • Beyond Blue has developed free resources to assist you to find the information you need to feel confident in playing a support role. These can be accessed at headsup.org.au
  • The My Business Health web portal offers dedicated holistic support to you to manage your outgoings, to access financial support, to prepare, respond and recover as the economy reopens, and how to seek out emotional support.
  • Every mind’s Ahead for Business, is another online resource specially designed to help you understand your mental health, manage business stress and provides tailored recommendations, information and programs.

R U OK? Day

This year R U OK?Day coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day which will focus further attention on the role that each of us can play in suicide prevention efforts.

R U OK? CEO, Katherine Newton says 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected.  

“In the words of our late founder, Gavin Larkin, R U OK?Day is a day to think about someone other than yourself and, if you are well and able, be willing to support those around you who might be struggling,” said Ms Newton. “But we also acknowledge that sometimes you might feel a little uncomfortable or awkward if someone says they’re not okay.

“That’s an understandable reaction and it’s why this year we’re reminding Australians there’s more to say after R U OK? and encouraging them to learn what to say next,” said Ms Newton. “It’s important we know how to keep the conversation going because a conversation really can change a life.”

The R U OK?Day interactive short film is now live at www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask

Alongside the interactive short film, R U OK? 2020 has developed and collaborated with others to deliver a host of free digital assets and virtual experiences including ‘Ask the Experts’ videos that share conversation tips, an ‘Australia at Home’ free live webinar, video messages for schools, workplaces and community groups, as well as a range of social media and out of home activations, virtual and in-person presentations by Community Ambassadors around Australia and downloadable information kits. 

Thousands of COVID safe or virtual activities will also be hosted by suicide prevention networks, social and sports clubs, community groups, workplaces and schools across the nation to mark this national day of action.

‘There’s more to say after R U OK?’ Learn what to say next at www.ruok.org.au 

ACAPMA

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