We can each make a difference to someone’s life by asking the simple question “are you ok?”
To support general wellbeing, R U OK? Day on 11 September encourages us to check in with our friends, family and colleagues and ask how they are going. This simple act of caring can make all the difference to someone who has been having a tough time, yet may not have had an opportunity to talk about how they are feeling.
R U OK? Day began in 2009 as a means of supporting the prevention of suicide. Having meaningful conversations with people who possibly feel disconnected can be tricky or uncomfortable. Yet an easy way to make a start is simply to ask - R U OK?
Webinar for staff:
On R U OK? Day, all staff are invited to attend an interactive Mental Health Awareness webinar that will provide tips on how to support friends and family.
R U OK Day events
To promote R U OK? Day, a range of activities for students and staff are being held across ACU campuses:
R U OK Day stall on campus in the Forbes Centre Time: To be advised
R U OK? Day Morning Tea for students in community courtyard including: free hot chocolate, herbal tea, coffee, yellow cake & yellow muffins, live music, bean bags, board games, stalls (Headspace and Blackdog) along with free R U OK info flyers distributed and Counselling service brochures. Mobile Outdoor screen showing video display (Blackdog info clip on depression).
R U OK? Day Yellow Lolly Guessing Competition & interactive Poetry Installation – daily over lunchtime period from 8 – 12 September.
R U OK Day stall in the Mary Glowrey Building. Time 10.00am – 2.00pm, includes morning tea.
R U OK Day stall in the courtyard Campus Life, Campus Ministry and Counselling. (R U OK Day merchandise has available for purchase on the day)
R U OK Day stall on campus in the main quad on Wednesday 10 September, 10.00am-2.00pm. Campus Life will be providing morning tea and some engaging activities with some of the Psychology students.
To find out more information about R U OK Day visit the website.
You can also find out more information about mental health and other related issues by visiting ACU’s health resource library Real Time Health.
In addition, access to confidential professional counselling services is available for ACU staff and families at no cost. For more information visit the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) webpage.