Most of us spend a lot of time worrying about our physical health, but sadly we often tend to neglect our personal mental health.
The RTBU has been working with the TRACKSAFE Foundation to raise awareness of mental health issues and encourage people to seek support when they need it.
The annual Rail R U OK? Day will take place on Thursday 29 April, and National Secretary Mark Diamond says this year’s focus is on helping people to respond appropriately when a workmate says they’re not OK.
“You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation moving when someone says they’re not OK,” Mark said.
“By knowing what to say you can help a workmate feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.”
Meanwhile, a powerful suicide prevention play, Marooned, recently played to packed crowds in Sydney - with support from the RTBU.
Marooned was written and produced by former Melbourne tram driver Michael Gray Griffith.
Help is always available
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, reach out to a trusted healthcare professional or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
If you are concerned for your safety or the safety of others, seek immediate assistance by calling Triple Zero (000).