R U OK? It’s the question that could potentially save a life
Today is the R U OK? national day of awareness for mental health
R U OK? day is dedicated to inspiring people of all backgrounds to regularly connect with colleagues, friends and loved ones. And ask each other R U OK?
Left to right: Jamie Salter, Kellie Egan & Emma Trehy leading the R U OK? day campaign at Wave
At Wavelength International we recognise the importance of mental health in both the work and personal lives of our employees and this is particularly pertinent given that according to research one in 5 people are likely to experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives (2007 National Survey of Health and Wellbeing).
Wavelength for the second year, are highlighting the importance of the crucial message being imparted by the R U OK? Day Foundation and also the importance of increasing awareness of mental health in both our work and personal lives. The HR team held a briefing for all employees and provided information packs to highlight how it was possible to start a conversation with someone they may be concerned about in relation to depression or anxiety, be they a relative, friend or colleague and what resources and sources of support are available should they or someone close to them need support or guidance.
This year our employees organised a morning tea and we raised a grand total of $640 for Kids Helpline. This is a much needed mental health charity that offers a free 24 hour counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years, offered by phone, email and over the web. Kids Helpline counsellors respond to more than 6,000 calls each week about issues ranging from relationship breakdowns and bullying, to sexual abuse, homelessness, suicidal thoughts, and drug and alcohol use.
So don’t forget to ask R U OK?