Thursday 11 September is R U OK? Day, whick aims to prevent isolation and foster community spirit. The initiative is also being run during Mercy Mindfulness Month, which looks to educate staff on how to reduce stress and live happier lives.
The R U OK? Day campaign encourages everyone to ask friends, family and colleagues whether they are alright.
Mercy Health Support Services held a morning tea on the day with a presentation by Mercy Mental Health's Maria Malic who discussed reaching out and supporting colleagues going through a difficult time. A number of R U OK?Day activities will also be run across other Mercy Health sites.
Mercy Health Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen said the presentation gave real insight into how to reach out to colleagues and friends in their time of need.
"We put so much of our time and energy into caring for our patients, it's important to remember to take care of ourselves as well," Adj Prof Cornelissen said. "It's important to remember how something as simple as talking to someone can have a profound effect on them.
"Being compassionate and listening to someone can make the difference between a good day and a bad day at work."
Mercy Health staff are taking part in Mercy Mindfulness Month during September encouraging employees to create a clearer sense of wellbeing by taking time out for themselves every day. Employees are guided by the Smiling Mind smartphone app.
In the lead up to R U OK? Day, staff at Mercy Health facilities created gratitude walls made of images and words reminding them of what makes them grateful.