R U OK? Day

R U OK Day

Today, 10th September is our national day of action for suicide awareness and prevention. R U OK, is an Australian suicide prevention charity, aiming to inspire people to meaningfully connect and support those struggling with life. They are here to remind us all that everyday is a day to start a conversation that could change a life.

R U OK also aims to teach everyday Australians what to say after R U OK? so that they can keep the conversation going when someone says that they’re not OK.

There is More to Say After R U OK?

R U OK? have excellent resources available to understand and learn:

  • what to say when checking in
  • what to say when listening with an open mind
  • how to continue a conversation that could change a life
  • what to say when encouraging action

‘When we know what to say next we can help someone open up and find pathways to support long before they’re in crisis’.  Head to www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask to learn more.

Psychological Safety in the Work Place

According to Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson, who coined the term: “Psychological safety is a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes.”

Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists are proud to be involved in the Workplace Champions initiative & strive to promote an R U OK? Culture within our workplace. Workplaces and employers who support & promote this culture have employees who are encouraged to talk about the struggles they may be experiencing, knowing that they will not be judged. They will also feel psychologically safe and supported by management and peers as they work through those challenges.

We encourage everyone to be an R U OK? Workplace Champion and build an R U OK? Culture. Remember, you are never alone – there is always someone to talk to, with help just a phone call away – you can call or text Lifeline on 13 11 14