Have you asked your staff, R U OK?

Today is R U OK? Day—a day for you to take that first step, start a conversation and reconnect with those around you.

Recognising mental health in your business

Do you have a feeling that someone in your business isn’t behaving as they normally would? Do they appear to be struggling with their work? Or have they lost their usual energy? If you recognise the signs that something isn’t right, reach out and ask – R U OK?

By starting the conversation, you could be making a real difference to someone’s life. It‘s often the small acts of kindness that can help someone who may be struggling or experiencing a mental illness.

What are the numbers of mental health in Australia?

One in five Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Common conditions like depression and anxiety may affect a person’s ability to work. It's a good idea to think about how you will manage mental health issues in your business.

How can I promote mental health in my business?

As an employer, you can help promote mental health in your business by:

1. actively showing a commitment to mental health in the workplace

2. supporting employees with mental health conditions in the workplace and preventing discrimination against them

3. encouraging everyone to speak openly about mental health in the workplace

4. identifying and minimising workplace risks to your employees’ mental health

5. encouraging your employees to look after their own mental health.

What are the benefits of a mentally healthy workplace?

Creating a safe and healthy workplace will benefit your business sense as it can:

1. improve productivity

2. decrease staff absences

3. reduce stress

4. lower staff turnover

5. retain skills and experience

6. create a great working culture.

Every workplace should be a mentally healthy workplace so asking R U OK? is a great place to start.

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