Suicide prevention is everyone’s business
Asking workmates if they are okay contributes to health and wellbeing and suicide prevention.
World Suicide Prevention day is on 10 September, and this year’s theme is Stigma: A Barrier to Suicide Prevention.
‘In Australia each year, 2,500 people die by suicide and over 65,000 will attempt to take their life,’ says Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA).
Sue Murray, CEO of SPA, wants Australians to speak openly about suicide and create a community where people give and seek help.
To support this goal, SPA has partnered with ‘R U OK?Day’, including ‘R U OK? at work’, which will be held on 12 September.
‘There’s … an emerging body of research which links supportive social relationships and a sense of social connection with protective factors in suicide prevention,’ says the R U OK? website.
‘With workplaces feeling the impact of lost productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism and high job turnover, taking time to regularly and meaningfully ask ‘are you ok?’ is something we can all do to increase individual and workplace wellbeing,’ the website adds.
If you need immediate help and support call Life Line on 13 11 44
For more details, visit World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? at work.