R U OK? Mental Health Awareness Initiative
Make Time to Ask R U OK?
Most people will spend more than 90,000 hours of their life at work, meaning their co-workers are often those who see them the most. At the same time, nearly 1 in 5 adults in the US has a mental illness in a given year. A simple question, asked between co-workers, can help create a culture of caring that can make all the difference.
Partners Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is encouraging you to reach out a colleague and ask, “R U OK?”
Let People Know You Care
How can we foster an emotionally healthy work environment at Partners? The EAP hopes that R U OK?, an initiative based in Australia that promotes peer support and creating a safe culture to share personal struggles, will do just that.
People who are having a tough time often feel isolated or alone. You can help create a sense of community and support in the workplace by connecting meaningfully with your co-workers. Simply asking someone if they are okay can go a long way.
It Starts with You
R U OK? inspires and empowers employees to support anyone struggling with life. The program also:
- Increases mental health awareness
- Provides employees with tools and resources
- Reduces stigma related to mental health
- Directs those in need to Partners EAP resources
Research has shown that the biggest influence on reducing stress and increasing resiliency in the workplace has more to do with the ways in which organizations demonstrate a commitment to their core values, the ways in which employees treat one another and whether leaders model healthy behaviors and habits.
Expand Your Toolkit
For these reasons and more, Partners is embracing the R U OK? program during Mental Health Month. Learn the warning signs. Please support this program by taking the time to ask a colleague “R U OK?” when you are concerned.
For more information or to discuss mental health concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP. In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 05/17/2019