RUOK? Day – Sundowner

Thursday, September 12, 2019 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Liberty Flexible Workspaces, Level 21, Allendale Square, 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth 6000

Liberty Flexible Workspaces are holding 3 events on RUOK? Day 2019

Event 1

To raise awareness of social isolation of home workers, mental health in the workplace and suicide prevention, we are holding an information / fundraising event, and we’d like you to come.

Join us for drinks, nibbles and a chance to learn more about when it’s time to ask R U OK? 

Keynote speaker will be Suzanne Waldron. Suzanne is an Ambassador for RUOK?

Suzanne is a behavioural change facilitator whose masters research focused on moving ideas into action through pro-social leadership. Working with senior leaders across Australia her focus is on explicit communication and solid peer to peer relationships. 

She's also a TEDxPerth Curator and Co-founder/director of short doco series Stories Out Loud. A published author and media contributor. 

Suzanne has been nominated for Western Australian of the Year 2016 and twice 40 under 40. 

Click here for tickets

 

Event 2

You can also join us earlier in the day for breakfast and a chance to learn more about when it’s time to ask R U OK? 

Local mental health organisations and experts will join us as well to let you know what support is available and you can learn how to use RUOK?s ‘4 steps’ to navigate a conversation with someone you’re worried about. 

Click here for details.

 

Event 3

To raise awareness of social isolation of home workers, mental health in the workplace and suicide prevention, we are holding two information / fundraising events, and an opportunity to try coworking for free.

Join us at either Allendale Square in the CBD, or at our Burswood location.

There is no charge for the service, but we will have a collection towards RUOK? for those that wish to support this important charity.

Click here for details.

Save the date. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Why We Are Supporting RUOK?

R U OK?'s vision is a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide.

Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

It's this lack of connection (or lack of belonging) that RUOK? want to prevent. By inspiring people to take the time to ask "Are you OK?" and listen, they feel they can help people struggling with life feel connected long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. 

About 1.3 million people say they choose to work from home to have a rent-free home office, to take advantage of flexible workplace arrangements, for childcare reasons, and to spend more time with family.

However, it can come with a cost.  A recent survey of 1,000 freelancers found that 48% admitted to finding it ‘lonely’ and 46% said homeworking was ‘isolating’. 

Social isolation is among the most common risk factors identified by Australian men who attempt suicide.

As a coworking space provider our customers are mainly freelancers and solopreneurs. By choosing to utilise the features of an ‘office’ with the benefits of networking they are less isolated than if they were working alone at home. 

We are providing a space where people can feel more community spirit and less isolation. 

Social isolation is among the most common risk factors identified by Australian men who attempt suicide.

Loneliness is not just a social issue, it also affects our health – so much so that the Australian government recently announced $46.1 million to be invested into combating the issue. So how bad can it be? Increased blood pressure, cholesterol and risk of developing cardiovascular disease, plus reduced brain function, are all side-effects of loneliness. In fact, overall, loneliness can increase our likelihood of earlier death by 26%.

For more information https://www.ruok.org.au/

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