Recently, the team at Wavelength, a medical recruitment company founded by medical professionals, asked me to collaborate on a blog to highlight the importance of mental health in Australia. The blog post titled “4 Steps to Start a Mental Wellbeing Conversation” was written to recognize, and call greater attention to RUOK Day.
For those in Australia who may not be familiar with RUOK Day or the “R U OK?” movement, the group is dedicated to suicide prevention by proactively reaching out to those who suffer from mental illness or are in high-risk situations.
R U OK recommends an effective 4 step process, to help support and monitor those who are at risk of suicide:
- Ask R U OK?
- Encourage Action
For those who are concerned about their loved ones or friends, this simple process makes it a lot easier to be supportive. The RUOK process can be applied to more than suicide prevention.
As we highlight in the blog post at Wavelength, this is an effective process for starting any conversation about mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, this is a good way to open up a dialogue around addiction, which is a mental health issue, though many people to not see it this way.
Proper diagnose from a professional is vital to begin any treatment for mental illness. However, before diagnosis, and during treatment, it’s our responsibility – as family members, friends, coworkers and neighbours – to respond to any significant changes in behavior in positive and supportive way.
To learn more about how to start a conversation about mental health and wellbeing with some you care about, read the full article at Wavelength.