Campus Dean Prof Bridget Aitchison celebrates RUOK? Day
On Thursday, 14 September, the Aquinas Campus celebrated a successful RUOK? Day. Students and staff were engaged in a variety of activities designed to give people skills to ask a key question that can make the difference between life and death – RUOK?
The main organiser, psychologist and student counsellor Shannon Thompson from the Office of Student Success, said, “The key goal of this event was to engage our students in enjoyable activities, whilst discussing the important topic of suicide prevention. Students were provided with a range of promotional materials, including ‘conversation cards’ to guide them through asking the important question - “RUOK?” Features of the day included making smoothies by bike, giant Jenga, a community mural sponsored by the Jim-Baa-Yer unit, and a photo booth with yellow-themed accessories. Staff were encouraged to wear yellow on the day with RUOk? pins and bracelets handed out.
Campus Dean, Professor Bridget Aitchison, joined in the activities. “My doctoral work was on drama for social and community change, specifically targeting youth suicide prevention. This is an issue I care about and to see this campus get so involved in RUOk? Day is fabulous. Simply asking that question can start a conversation that could save someone’s life.”
Staff members Nicole Humphrey (Disability Advisor/International Advisor), Bianca Kosir (Equity Pathways Officer) and Madelaine Sealey (Jim-baa-yer Student Support Officer) and Gerard Ruyg (Faclities Services) also provided major contributions to the planning and running of the event.
Shannon Thompson, Bianca Kosir and Madelaine Sealey