Today is R U OK? Day. R U OK? Day encourages everyone to check in on the people around them.
2020 has been a difficult year and has affected us all in different ways.
If your gut instinct is telling you something’s worrying a workmate, reach out and start a conversation. Maybe you’ve notice some changes in them? They’re here but not really here? They seem distracted or have a lot on their mind?
You don’t need to be an expert or have all the answers. Simply listening can make a difference, and encouraging them to connect with appropriate support.
If they say, ‘I’m not ok’, you should:
- take what they say seriously and don't interrupt or rush the conversation
- avoid judging their experiences or reactions but acknowledge that things seem tough
- encourage them to explain what’s troubling them by asking open questions: ‘How are you feeling about that?’ or ‘How long have you felt that way?’
For more tips to help a workmate, visit ruok.org.au.
MaPS also has a number of resources available if you or a colleague require help or support.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides independent and professional counselling. It is available to you and your family. You can also reach out to any of the Staff Assistance Officers who can connect you to further services and support.
MaPS has recently signed up to NewAccess workplaces which is an evidence-based mental health coaching service available to all MOP(S) Act employees. This service was developed by Beyond Blue in partnership with Comcare.
If you would like to learn more about recognising when someone is thinking about suicide and how to connect them to support and help, you can enrol in the LivingWorks Start Program. Find more information and register through MOP(S) Learning.
The Work Health Safety and Wellbeing during COVID-19 page on the MaPS contains further resources to support mental health and working from home arrangements.
Contact MOPSSupport@finance.gov.au if you would like to discuss more mental health wellbeing courses and information.