Check with your mates

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During the difficulties being faced in isolation in the present COVID-19 environment, there has probably never been a more important time to recognise the messages being promoted on RUOK? Day (today – September 9).

We’re encouraging team members and the wider community to take this opportunity to create awareness and encourage each other to ‘check with your mates’, which is part of the RUOK? Day message.

Our staff have produced a video, which has been circulated to highlight that ‘a conversation could change a life’, and asks ‘what does RUOK? Day mean to you?’

It is a time to ask: Do you know how the people in your world are really going? As close as we might be, sometimes it’s hard to tell.

Life’s ups and downs happen to all of us, so chances are someone you know might be struggling. RUOK? Day – and at other times – you should take a moment and ask them how are they really going. This could be during a coffee break, while driving, over a text or while exercising together.

Take the time to check in with family and friends and create a space to say ‘it’s okay to not be okay’, and to see how they are really going.

And if you are having a bad day, reach out to friends, family or a colleague … whoever you trust the most, and you will find that most people are very supportive and they may even be feeling the same as you are. Remember: It’s not weak to speak.

You don’t need to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they are not okay. For some helpful tips, visit the RUOK? Day website.

By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they are in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.

Intereach encourages everyone to create awareness. On RUOK? Day it will host a virtual check-in and an opportunity for staff to enjoy a cuppa together, even if it’s not presently from the office environment.

For more information and valuable resources, visit

If you or someone you know are having mental health issues or thoughts of suicide, please reach out for help by getting in touch with any of the following help services:

Lifeline – phone 13 11 14

Beyond Blue – phone 1300 244 636

Suicide Call Back Service – phone 1300 659 467