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R U OK? How to recognise the warning signs

04/09/2017BY: Tracey Mesken

​Hey, R U OK? One in five Australians suffer from Mental Illness every year. Here are some tips to help you recognise the warning signs. Trust your instincts. You might be wrong, but its never a bad thing to let a mate know you are concerned for them.  This blog includes some resources that will guide you through how to ask a mate, R U OK?

Take simple steps. Break down barriers to seeking support, reduce stigma, and be there to listen. WorkPac Employees are encouraged to use our Employee Assistance Program through Gryphon Psychology. Phone: 1800 056 076 or | Lifeline 13 11 14 | Beyond Blue 1300 22 463

How to ask RU OK by Gryphon Psychology.

How to ask RU OK from the R U OK website.

For team leaders: How to ask staff RU OK when working away from home.

Recognise the warning signs.


For those of you who do not know, R U OK? is a suicide prevention charity in Australia, reminding people that having meaningful conversations with mates and loved ones could save lives

Suicide prevention is a complex and sensitive issue, thankfully R U OK gives us some common language and a starting point. Quite simply the power of asking that one simple question may make a world of difference to that one person you ask. It may help them stay connected and show them they have support.

For more information about R U OK? R U OK? and here.

Our mental health and wellbeing is important to look after. Each one of us, lives a busy life and our everyday lives are exposed to and impacted by various pressures throughout each and every year.

These pressures can have an effect on our mental health and potentially result in us feeling stressed.

Click here to check out our video by, Rachel Pearse, WorkPac’s National Safety and Risk Manager, that addresses what mental health is and the various factors in our lives that can impact us and our capacity to cope with today’s busy environment.

WorkPac offers an employee assistance program provided by Gryphon Psychology who offer professional counselling for all WorkPac employees. Alternatively, Lifeline provides 24/7 help and can be contacted on 13 11 14, or head to their website for further information.

From all of us at WorkPac, remember to have fun, stay safe and continue to promote a healthy workplace.