8 September 2022 / Observation

R U OK? Day 2022

Checking in on your mates could make a difference.

Today is a reminder of the importance to check in on each other and ask R U OK? And not just today, but regularly if you can.

The last couple of years have been difficult and intense for most people. Between the direct effects of the pandemic, and the ongoing inflationary economic situation, stress levels are likely to be high.

People at Hutchies have gone over and above to deal with the current climate at work. Today, however, is an opportunity to take a moment to check in with each other.

For anyone struggling, know that there are genuine mates and the broader Hutchies’ crew around, plus other support services - people that care about you and are ready to listen and understand.

Take the time to try and connect openly – a conversation could mean a lot to someone right now.

Getting ready to ask

Before you can look out for others, you need to look out for yourself. And that’s ok. If you're not in the right headspace or you don't think you're the right person to have the conversation, try to think of someone else in their support network who could talk to them.

To help you decide whether you’re ready to start a meaningful conversation, ask yourself:

Am I ready?? 

  • Am I in a good headspace? 
  • Am I willing to genuinely listen? 
  • Can I give as much time as needed? 

Am I prepared 

  • Do I understand that if I ask how someone’s going, the answer could be: “No, I’m not”?
  • Do I understand that I can’t ‘fix’ someone’s problems?
  • Do I accept that they might not be ready to talk? Or they might not want to talk to me?  

Picked my moment?

  • Have I chosen somewhere relatively private and comfortable? 
  • Have I figured out a time that will be good for them to chat? 
  • Have I made sure I have enough time to chat properly?


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Confidential free support is available with Converge International to all of Hutchies' people, partners and immediate family members. Don't be afraid to reach out and have a conversation.

View Hutchies' EAP flyer here, or visit their website:

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Or call 1300 OUR EAP (687 327)

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Need a yarn? Give us a call or text to speak with a counsellor.

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TIACS operate from Monday to Friday, 8am-10pm AEST

To get in contact simply call or text 0488 846 988 or email admin@tiacs.org

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