Australian and New Zealand rail industries will celebrate the third annual, Rail R U OK? Day Thursday 20 April, with celebrations taking place across Australasia.
With rail workers sometimes exposed to trauma on the job, finding ways to create a more supportive environment has been a priority for the rail industry. Through the Rail R U OK?Day initiative, the TrackSAFE Foundation in partnership R U OK?, have been tackling the issue by giving rail workers the tools to help deepen work place conversations and encourage colleagues to open up and support each other through tough times.
Bob Herbert AM, TrackSAFE Foundation Chairman said, “Rail R U OK?Day has helped the rail industry proactively address suicide on our networks in an attempt to reduce the number of incidents, while at the same time mitigating the trauma caused to rail employees, families and communities.”
“We strive to create healthy and resilient workplaces by empowering co-workers to support one another and continually check in, asking one simple question— “are you ok”?
“Depression, anxiety and mental trauma are very real issues impacting rail staff and first responders – and regular, meaningful conversations can really help.
“We’re proud to celebrate our third annual, industry-wide Rail R U OK? Day. It is an important opportunity to convince workmates that they can make a real difference to someone who is struggling by having genuine conversations,” he said.
Rail R U OK? Day’s launch event will take place at:
Where: Main concourse Central Station, Sydney.
When: Thursday April, 20.
Time: Formalities kick off at 9am followed by a BBQ.
Who: League legend and R U OK? Ambassador Brett Finch will speak to workers.