The “R U OK?” day is the national day to remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ Our students join the meaningful conversation and learn new skills.
Mental Health Awareness Week is held annually in the second week of October. R U OK? is a public health promotion charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives (www.ruok.org.au). The work focuses on building the motivation, confidence and skills of the help-giver – the person who can have a meaningful conversation with someone who is struggling with life.
We organized a special presentation for our students to learn how to keep loved ones safe from suicide, navigate through a helpful conversation and check in on their own wellbeing. In a role play they could practice the techniques and ask each other the most important questions: Are You Ok?
Traveling overseas can come with overwhelming emotions, students might be homesick, overwhelmed with the new impressions or lonely. It is always important to check in on one another and really listen to the people around us to help anyone struggling with their mental health.
Our students did a great job in participating and soaking up the information to learn new skills and gain awareness for mental health.
You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.
Use these four steps and have a conversation that could change a life:
- Ask Are You Ok?
- Encourage action
- Check in
Got a feeling that someone you know or care about isn’t behaving as they normally would?
Learn more about the signs and when it’s time to ask R U OK? here.
Thank you to everyone who joined the workshop!