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.
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.
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.
|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.