The University of Newcastle, Australia

A simple concept with lasting impact

Friday, 8 September 2017

The very simple concept behind R U OK Day continues to have major impact across Australian communities and it is a timely reminder for colleagues at UON to check in with each other.


Established by the late Gavin Larkin around the simple proposition of simply asking people how they are and importantly, taking the time to listen, R U OK Day has become a flagship event for mental health awareness.

Tina Crawford, Interim Director, People and Workforce Strategy, is very mindful that changes at work can bring stress and worry to people, just as personal matters can affect how we cope at work.

“I think most of us accept that the world around us in higher education is changing, but that doesn’t mean that we will always find change easy,” Tina said.

“It’s important that we are alert to our colleagues’ wellbeing and that we all take the time to check in regularly,” she said.

UON staff have a range of support options available through Healthy UON. This includes access to a free, professional counselling service through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employees and their immediate family members.

R U OK Day - Thursday 14 September 2017.

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