Two men dressed as bananas with a man holding a card.

R U OK, B1? Andrew Little, District Manager of Health Safety and Wellbeing, Ben McLellan Health Promotion Officer and B2 Brian Haynes District Workplace Health and Safety Manager.

R U OK Day inspires conversations around the LHD

Sep 18, 2023

Staff around the Mid North Coast Local Health District took a quick break to check in and ask the important question on R U OK Day.

While every day is a good day to ask a family member, friend or colleague ‘R U OK’, the national day helps remind all of us to check in, listen and offer support. 

Mid North Coast Local Health District’s Health Safety and Wellbeing team is visiting several locations, checking in on staff and raising awareness of psychological safety as part of the Coffee and Conversations initiative. 

R U OK Day, 14 September, marked the start of their district visits with a stop at Coffs Harbour Health Campus and Macksville District Hospital. District Manager of Health Safety and Wellbeing Andrew Little and manager Brian Haynes dressed as B1 and B2 as a nod to the R U OK distinctive yellow and back branding. 

The team will check in with health staff in Port Macquarie, Kempsey and Wauchope to spark conversations about greater mental health and wellbeing practices and build an R U OK culture around our district. 

Teams at Coffs Harbour and Wauchope also marked R U OK Day with food, connection and a flare of yellow.

At Coffs Harbour, the Emergency Department held a barbecue in the courtyard, bringing together colleagues and encouraging conversations and support. 

At Wauchope, staff brought food to share over a cuppa.

Make every day R U OK Day

Start a meaningful conversation when you spot the signs someone might be struggling.
Here are four steps to start a conversation today that could change a life:
  1. Ask, R U OK?
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check-in
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