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IT'S OK NOT TO FEEL OK !                             

It is understandable and very normal to not feel OK in challenging times such as these.  On average 1 in 5 people (20%) will experience a mental health issue EVERY YEAR. Mental health problems are the third biggest health problem in Australia, after heart disease and cancer. While this may feel distressing, you are not alone and there is support out there for you. 

There is more to asking R-U-OK? Knowing what to say if someone says they're not OK could change a life. To keep the conversation going you might say something like, "What's been happening?" or "How long have you felt that way?" Listen with an open mind to what they have to say and ask them what you can do to help, make sure when you are asking some is ok, that you have time and a place where you can chat. 

If you’re feeling well and able to support someone, practically or emotionally, here are some practical things that you can to do improve your mental health and others. Going into a period of social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine may feel daunting or overwhelming, and can contribute to feelings of helplessness and fear.  So here are some things that may help you through this period.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as ‘a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’.

Mental illness can affect anyone, of any age and background. However, with support, most people can and do recover. Achieving and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing is important for everyone.


In a mentally healthy workplace:

  • mental health is everyone's responsibility
  • mental health is considered in every way you do business
  • everyone contributes to a culture where people feel safe and supported to talk about mental health
  • mental health support is tailored for individuals and teams
  • everyone can see that supporting worker mental health is a priority


There are a number of work-related factors (or psychosocial hazards) within the control of employers that can impact on mental health and safety. Psychosocial hazards, are anything in the management or design of work that increases the risk of work-related stress, which can lead to physical injury, mental injury or even both at the same time. Workers are likely to be exposed to a combination of work-related factors.  Common work-related factors are:

  • low job control
  • high and low job demands
  • poor organisational change management
  • poor organisational justice
  • low recognition and reward
  •   poor role clarity
  • poor workplace relationships
  •   remote and isolated work
  • violent or traumatic events


Beyond Blue (1300 224 636)   Depression & anxiety support

Phoenix Australia (9035 5599)  Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

Lifeline (13 11 14)  Crisis support

Headsup  Resources developed by Beyond Blue to help understanding of mental health in the workplace and practical support strategies

Directline (1800 888 236) Substance abuse

Headspace - Mental health services for 12-25 year olds

Head to Health - Assist you with finding digital mental health services & resources