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Mental health in the workplace is set to come to the forefront of the national agenda this week as Australia asks R U OK?

Taking place on September 13 this year, the annual campaign encourages Aussies to speak out and help friends and colleagues who may be struggling.

Janina Nearn, CEO of R U OK? said that asking the question regularly is something everyone can to do make a difference when it comes to depression and suicide.

“This R U OK? Day, we’re encouraging Australians not only to start a conversation that counts with someone who might be feeling overwhelmed, lonely, or stressed, but also to be ready to give their time, show empathy, listen without judgement and help their peers identify possible next steps. Also make sure you follow up,” Nearn said.

“An estimated 65, 000 people attempt to take their lives every year in Australia. By having meaningful conversations with one another, we can build a society where everyone feels they belong, and help prevent suicide,” she added.

More resources to encourage Australian workplaces to become mentally healthy can be found here.

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Gina Baldassarre

Gina Baldassarre

Gina is a journalist at Dynamic Business. She enjoys learning to ice skate and collecting sappy inspirational quotes.

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