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R U OK? It's never a bad time to ask

6 September 2021
You've got what it takes to have a conversation
One of the biggest impacts of the COVID-19 situation has been its effects on mental health. It has never been more important to ask 'R U OK?' and the University is hosting several events this week in recognition of this.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the associated mental health issues are becoming increasingly challenging for many of us to manage. It's more important than ever for us to stay connected with one another and initiate conversations about our mental health.

R U OK? Day is this Thursday 9 September and the 2021 theme could not be more relevant to our times: 'Are they really ok? Ask them today'.

Do you know how the people in your world are really going? Life's ups and downs happen to all of us - and living in lockdown can have a way of magnifying the feelings associated with this. If you are struggling, it's highly likely that someone you know is too. Your genuine support can make a difference whatever they are facing, big or small - and knowing you're there for them can help them support you too. 

So, don’t wait until someone is visibly distressed or in crisis. Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going. 

In recognition of R U OK? Day, the University is hosting a number of events for staff and students on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 September:

Event - Activity Audience Time Registration

Virtual dance workout session

As an educator, Dr Ehssan Sakhaee focuses on balancing engagement and performance with overall wellbeing. Join Dr Sakhaee for a 30-minute virtual dance workout. 

  • You will need a space of approximately 2m squared (preferably a little larger).
  • Dress up in anything you like, just make sure you are comfortable for exercise. 
  • You can use the various filters available on Zoom. 
  • Have a water bottle nearby for hydration.

Participants should be in good physical condition to be able to participate – please carefully assess your own condition or seek professional advice (e.g. from a physician) before joining the class. 

Staff and students 9am Register via Zoom

R U OK? Day "lunch" webinar

Join the online event to learn when and how to ask R U OK?, so you can have a conversation that could change a life.

Speakers include:

  • Sam Mac, weather presenter Sunrise and R U OK? Ambassador
  • Katherine Newton, CEO, R U OK?
  • Ann-Maree Fardell Hartley, psychologist and suicidologist

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.

Staff and students 12.30–   1.30pm Register via Eventbrite 

R U OK? Day x Ther-E-Paws

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 destress, have discussions about mental health, meet our esteemed furry and four-legged guests, and introduce us to your own pets!

Staff and students 4pm Register Via Eventbrite

HDR mental health peer chat

Join two SUPRA HDR Representatives for a chat about what works, what doesn't, and what we can all do to stay on top of the pressure and get through our degrees.

  • Gemma Lucy Smart is a PhD Candidate in History and Philosophy Science, she is a domestic student, and she identifies as a student with a disability. Her research is focused on the history of community mental health and psychiatry in Australia. 
  • Yuning Zhang is a PhD Candidate in Business Analytics and her research topic is to apply Bayesian Statistics and Machine Learning in Actuarial studies. She is an international student and identifies herself as a member of LGBTQ+ community.
HDR Students 2pm Register via Zoom

Are you OK?

Are you studying by yourself and feeling isolated? Are you feeling stressed by an increasing amount of workload? Are you wondering when the Australian border could be open? 

SUPRA is here to support you with a Mandarin-only ‘R U OK Day’ mental health related event to provide you with access to new friends, a safe place to causally share your daily stress, and a connection to the University.

Mandarin-speaking post graduate students 6pm Register via Zoom

Speed meet and chat

One of the toughest things about studying remotely during the pandemic can be making new friends. For R U OK? Day, the Library is hosting a special edition of the socialising event, Speed Meet and Chat, for students.

Students can connect, share their stories, interests and the little things that are bringing them joy – and for those who are unsure what to share, the Library will help start conversations by supplying topics to chat about.

Students Friday 10 September, 2–3pm Register via Library website

For further support and resources visit the R U OK? Day website.