R U OK? Day

R U OK? - Poster

Western will hold R U OK? Day events on Thursday, 21 September 2023. This year, we are hosting events across all Western campuses and online. R U OK? Day is a National Day of Action across Australia, and reminds us to take time to check-in with our friends, family and colleagues and ask R U OK?

R U OK? Day is about caring and fostering a sense of community. It encourages being aware of others, checking how people are going, sometimes having difficult conversations, asking what people need and connecting them to appropriate support if required.

Join us for R U OK? Day events and learn how to create a Wellbeing Plan and keep your mental health and wellbeing in the best shape possible. Pick up some handy R U OK? Day resources and find out what additional supports are available when someone isn’t ok, or enrol in free Psychological First Aid Training.

WHAT'S ON – R U OK? DAY | Thursday, 21 September 2023

Free activities for students and staff

Morning Tea | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for morning tea on each campus.

All campuses.

Student and Staff Support Services Stall | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Chat with Student Wellbeing Services and WHS&W members about what supports are available and how to access these. Pick up a Wellbeing Plan, Access EAP, WHS & Wellbeing resources, Staff Goodie Bag, R U OK? Day conversation guides, or enrol in Psychological First Aid Training.

All campuses.

Make Your Own De-Stress Ball | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Come along and make your own de-stress ball.

All campuses.

Therapy Dogs | 10:30am - 11:30am

Come and pat an adorable puppy from PAWS Pet Therapy Dogs.

Kingswood, Campbelltown and Parramatta South campuses.

3 Minute Angels Massages | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Relax and unwind with a massage.

Bankstown City, Hawkesbury, Kingswood, Campbelltown, Parramatta South, Parramatta City – 1PSQ, Liverpool campuses.

Yoga | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Free Yoga Class

Kingswood Campus – Y NSW WSU Health and Fitness Centre.

Origami & Colouring In | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Explore the craft of origami or do some mindful colouring.


Online Activities

Register for all activities via WesternLIFE

Morning Mindfulness Session, 9am – 9:20am

R U OK? Day Online Trivia (with Prizes!), 1pm – 2pm

Free Online Yoga Class, 5pm – 6pm


Parramatta South: Outside the hub. Green area between EA, EG, and EJa

1PSQ: Level 1, 1PSQ

Bankstown City Campus: Level 3

Campbelltown Campus: Outside Building 4

Kingswood: Outside Library

Hawkesbury: Stable Square

Liverpool City Campus: Ground Floor

Nirimba: U10

Sydney Olympic Park

R U OK? Day Morning Tea - Friday, 22 September 2023, 11am – 11:45am

Sydney Olympic Park, Level 3, Student Area

Student and Staff Support Services – R U OK? Day Resources, Wellbeing Plans, and more

Make your own De-Stress Ball

Sydney City Campus

Tuesday, 12 September 2023

9:30am – 11:30am – R U OK? Day Morning Tea

Student and Staff Support Services – R U OK? Day Resources, Wellbeing Plans, and more

Make your own De-Stress Ball

2pm – 3pm – Ice Cream Socials

Enjoy some ice cream and an opportunity to connect and chat.

Westmead Campus | 10:30am - 11:00am

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Join us for morning tea, pick up a Wellbeing Plan, or enrol in Psychological First Aid Training.

Blacktown Clinical School | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Thursday, 21st September 2023

Join us for afternoon tea and a range of wellbeing activities.

EAP Webinar for Staff – R U OK? Day Essentials | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Learn some R U OK? Day skills including noticing changes in behaviour, active listening and empathy.

Join via Zoom: https://accesseap.zoom.us/j/87845208495?pwd=bDZNUlZOdHpaYjBCNlJPKzFVYmlBQT09

EAP Webinar for Staff – R U OK? Day Advanced | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Learn some R U OK? Day skills including responding to anger, grief, and sadness.

Join via Zoom: https://accesseap.zoom.us/j/85282792324?pwd=c08vZWhtYXVlby9ieTdOdDBFM2t6dz09

We look forward to seeing you at the Western R U OK? Day Events. For more information on how to ask RUOK? plus resources, guides and more, go to RU OK? (opens in a new window)

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the combined R U OK? Day events.

Support is available

If you ask someone, or even yourself, R U OK? and the answer is 'No', support is available.

  • Students can call Wellbeing Services on 1300 668 370 (option 5) for free Counselling, Disability Support, Welfare Support, and a range of services.
  • Go to WesternNOW for a Wellbeing Services Enquiry (opens in a new window).
  • For information on a range of Support Services available to students, click here.
  • Staff can use the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) AccessEAP (opens in a new window) on 1800 818 728 for access to free Counselling.
  • For further information on the free Counselling Service, including relaxation recordings and webinars, please visit here.

Other support services include

More R U OK? Resources

For students, download RUOK? Uni Weekly Planner (PDF, 121.35 KB) (opens in a new window) and Youth Conversation Guide (PDF, 5815.81 KB) (opens in a new window)

Download your RUOK Day Workplace Conversation Guide here (PDF, 7706.39 KB) (opens in a new window).

Here’s  Alec’s Guide to Asking R U OK? At Work (opens in a new window) and further information on asking RUOK? at Work (opens in a new window)

For more information on RUOK? Day, and a whole range of fantastic resources, see R U OK? (opens in a new window)

Psychological First Aid Training

Free Psychological First Aid Training is available to all current Western Sydney University students and staff. Gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support people who are distressed.