The motor trades industry can be a tough place to work. Tight turnarounds, high demands, rapid changes in technology — this can all add up to increased pressure and stress.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with R U OK? to develop a set of resources to encourage motor trades workers to better support each other through difficult times.
The ‘It takes a real workmate to ask R U OK?’ campaign aims to help workmates get past what can feel like an awkward conversation when talking about emotions and life’s challenges. It also aims to remove the barriers that might stop them from offering or asking for support.
How to get involved
There are two simple ways you can support your workmates today:
1. Ask R U OK?
It’s a simple question but can be difficult to ask. But by taking the time to check in and listen, you can help someone struggling with life feel more connected and supported. You don't need to be an expert — just a good friend and a great listener. If you’re not sure where to start, check out R U OK?’s How to ask guide at ruok.org.au.
2. Get some campaign resources for your workplace
Help spread the word! Download, print, and hang our free 'It takes a real workmate to ask R U OK?' posters around your workplace. We also have a bunch of great digital assets such as web banners, email signature blocks, and social media posts to help spread the message online. For details go to ruok.org.au/motortrades.
Suicide in Australia: the numbers
About 8 people take their lives in Australia every day
3000+ Australians died by suicide in 2017
75% of people who died by suicide in 2017 were men
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 44
For every death by suicide, it’s estimated another 30 people will attempt suicide
R U OK? was founded by Sydney advertising executive Gavin Larkin in 2009.
Despite having a successful career and loving family, Larkin found himself feeling “empty and black”. He worried that he’d end up taking his own life as his father had in 1995.
As part of a self-improvement communication course, Larkin was asked to develop a project that would inspire him and benefit his community. His idea: a day dedicated to asking those around you “Are you OK?”
A charismatic communicator, Larkin used his skills and marketing contacts to quickly get R U OK? Day off the ground.
Outgoing R U OK? CEO, Brendan Maher, recalls: “He managed to convince the Federal Government to provide a funding grant and got then Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, to launch the campaign. I was impressed by his chutzpah from day one.”
Despite losing his life to an aggressive form of lymphoma in 2011, Larkin’s belief that a simple conversation can make a big difference lives on.
Today, R U OK? Day is one of Australia's most well-known mental health initiatives, with celebrity ambassadors including Hugh Jackman, Simon Baker, and Naomi Watts.
It’s also making a difference.
According to R U OK?’s 2018 survey, 81 per cent of people had reached out to someone to ask, “Are you OK?” in the last 12 months. There’s also strong and growing evidence that R U OK? is positively influencing the behaviour of Australians.