This Thursday, 9 September is R U OK? Day. It’s a national day of action, to remind ourselves that every day is the day to ask, “are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs.
This year it’s more important than ever to check in with our friends and colleagues. There are some great activities you can join in through the University and lots of online resources to help you have those conversations with people around you.
Speed Meet and Chat
Friday 10 September 2:00 – 3:00pm
One of the toughest things about studying remotely during the pandemic is how hard it is to meet new friends!
For R U OK? Day the Library is hosting a special edition of our excellent socialising event Speed Meet and Chat!
Virtual Dance Workout Session
Thursday 9 September 9:00 – 9:30am
As an educator, Dr Ehssan Sakhaee focuses on balancing engagement and performance with overall wellbeing. Start the day by joining Dr Sakhaee for a 30-minute virtual dance workout. You’ll need a space of at least 2m squared.
Dr Sakhaee also runs regular online meditations.
R U OK? Day ‘lunch’ webinar
Thursday 9 September 12:30 – 1:30pm
Join the hosts and guest speakers in this online event to learn when and how to ask R U OK?, so you can have a conversation that could change a life.
You might laugh, you might cry but most importantly you’ll feel empowered because asking, “Are you OK?” when someone’s struggling with something big, something small, or nothing at all, shows them you care.
To register for the Eventbrite event use this link. If you can’t attend you’re encouraged to register and receive a recording of the event.
R U OK? Day x Ther-E-Paws
Thursday 9 September 4pm
Having ruff time? Need some paws-itivity? Join FASS Student Representatives and staff for Ther-E-Paws, an online therapy dog event discussing mental health and wellbeing.
Come along to de-stress, have discussions about mental health, meet our esteemed furry and four-legged guests, and introduce us to your own pets!
The R U OK? Day official website guides you through the steps you can take in starting a conversation and then how you can respond if that person needs help. There are also Zoom backgrounds and posters to download.