R U OK? Day
A conversation could save a life - There is more to say after R U OK?
The R U OK? mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with and support those around them. R U OK?Day is held annually in September. On this day we are reminded that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?. Have you got a feeling that someone you know isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts, or just not themselves? Trust that guy instinct and act on it.
Ask, then listen, encourage action and check in.
For more information and tips on having these conversations, check out “How to ask r u ok? at work”.
Support and resources available
- Book an appointment with EAP if you feel like talking things through. Call Newpsych on 02 4926 5005 or book online.
- Take a walk to the RUOK Bench (located at the community garden).
- Check out Beyond Blue, Black Dog Institute, Lifeline to access a range of valuable resources, hotlines, videos, assistance and crisis support
- Meditation Video: take 7 minutes to sit and practice meditation, reducing stress and anxiety
- Mental health podcasts that are worth a listen: Not Alone: Beyond Blue, Being Well: Black Dog Institute, The Imperfects.
- Move for your mental health: check out The Forum located right here on campus. The Fitness Passport is available to university staff and students.
World Suicide Prevention Day
The World Health Organisation estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. The tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life, as well as those struggling to manage suicidal ideation.
Out of the shadows with Lifeline…………… goes virtual
Since 2012, Lifeline, Australia's largest suicide prevention service provider has been observing World Suicide Prevention Day by hosting community gatherings around the nation, providing a safe place for people to come together. This year with Covid-19 physical distancing restrictions, Out of the Shadows will be providing opportunities for connection virtually.
There are three ways you can get involved. We ask Australians to help us send the clearest message of HOPE yet to those who are struggling with the impacts of suicide, that they are not alone.