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RUOK Day - article 5

By: Michele Konheiser

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers, People

  12.26 PM 4 September, 2013

Location: General

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Next week is RUOK Day 2013. In the last 5 weeks, we’ve been scheduling articles about the event and about the importance of regular meaningful conversations.

This week's article provides tips from the RUOK Day website on asking the questions by using social media, plus the latest RUOK video.

Can I use social media?

  • Social media is a great way to share personal tips and information on coping strategies and
    wellbeing tips (visit for examples)
  • Send positive messages but avoid publicly commenting on how someone’s coping
  • Encourage a conversation over the phone or in person by suggesting a time to catch up

Think carefully before posting or sharing content. What may be appropriate face-to-face couldbe misinterpreted online. If you’re wondering how the comment might be
interpreted, it’s probably best not to send it and to give them a call instead.

CFA will again be participating in the ‘RUOK’ Day in 2013. This year RUOK Day falls on 12 September 2013. You don’t have to wait til until 12 September to ask somebody ‘RUOK?’. We encourage regular, meaningful conversations rather than just a once a year discussion linked to an event.

If you are struggling with life, CFA’s Welfare Services can provide confidential free support. Any member or family members can access support at any time.

- Peer support can be accessed through the Rostered Duty Officer, Office in Charge, Line Manager or the Peer Coordinator

- Psychologists/Counsellors can be contacted directly by contacting the Member Assistance Program on 1300 795 711

- Chaplains can be contacted directly or by contacting Converge International on 1800 337 068

Welfare services are short term in nature. Members with long term clinical or complex needs will be linked to appropriate services where relevant, such internal services (WorkCover or Volunteer Compensation) and external community based agencies.

Last Updated: 04 September 2013