Thursday 12 September is R U OK? Day. The focus of this day is to protect everyone from suicide. It includes you, your family, your workmates, your neighbour – anybody who might be struggling to cope.
Consider the following:
- Suicide in Australia is growing year on year, with a 9.1% increase from 2017 to 2018, and has become the leading cause of death among people 15–44 years (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018).
- Mental health issues are one of a number of causes that contribute to this worrying trend, with depression present in 43% of suicides between 2017 and 2018 (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018).
- Every two days in Australia a construction worker takes their own life
We spend a lot of time with our colleagues and a workmate may often be the first to notice that someone is not themselves. R U OK? Day supports the opportunity to start a conversation, create an environment of acceptance and give the message that it’s okay to ask for help.
Start an R U OK? conversation with a colleague today by using these four steps:
- Ask R U OK?
- Encourage action
- Check in
Getting help is simple
Knauf recently signed up with AccessEAP. The core of this employee assistance program is high quality short-term, professional counselling services for employees to use confidentially and voluntarily to deal with personal and work related issues.
The program also offers specialised support for managers and leaders with behaviour or performance concerns and improves workplace communication. Managers, supervisors and team leaders can call AccessEAP for impactful advice on how to refer an employee to the service, how to manage a challenging employee and how to cope with changes and challenges in their role.
To access the EAP, call 1800 818 728. They are available 24/7 to provide help for urgent matters.
You can also download the EAP in Focus app by following the instructions in the image below.
This services provided by AccessEAP are completely confidential. Your employer or colleagues will never be informed that you have contacted them and privacy is guaranteed.