R U OK? Day

R U OK? Day campus events are being held on Thursday 5 September

R U OK Day is back in 2019

What is R U OK?

R U OK? Day is a national suicide prevention campaign that aims to encourage everyone to start a conversation by asking their friends, family and colleagues "Are you OK?" This simple but powerful question lets the people in our lives know that they are important to us, and creates a sense of connectedness for all in the community.

R U OK? is an organisation committed to helping reduce distress by empowering people to make a difference, encouraging open and honest conversation, while driving a real connection between people. The organisation's aim is to inspire all Australians to recognise that they can make a positive impact by connecting with their friends, colleagues and loved ones.

Each year, more than 2,300 Australians suicide and an estimated 65,000 people attempt suicide each year. Suicide is the biggest killer of Australians aged 15 to 34 years. R U OK? Day is an essential part of the effort to reduce these figures by encouraging meaningful conversations with friends, family and colleagues.

R U OK? Day @ Western

This year’s national theme for RU OK? Day is Trust the Signs, Ask R U OK?

In 2019 the Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotions Team and their Student Ambassadors have partnered with Campus Provost, Student Engagement Team (Programs Unit and Campus Life), Western Food Services, and the Work Health and Safety Unit to host a series of campus events a week prior to the National R U OK? Day to get the conversation started early.

Events are a great way to bring people together to see the power of conversation, learn about the four R U OK? conversation steps, and get to know one another a little better.

Join a campus event

On Thursday 5 September from 11.00am, events will be hosted simultaneously across nine of our campuses. This year’s event is all about ‘Trust the Signs’ and encouraging all staff and students to trust their gut and have that very important conversation with their peers.

All staff and students are encouraged to join our campus events! Come along to enjoy the company of your peers and the fun activities facilitated by 2019 Mental Health and Wellbeing Student Ambassadors and staff and student volunteers.

R U OK? Day events will be delivered from 11:00am – 2.30pm at the following locations:

  • Bankstown: Outside Building 1
  • Campbelltown: Outside Building 4 (Ceremonial Lawns)
  • Hawkesbury: Stable Square
  • Homebush: TBD
  • Kingswood: Outside Building T (Library lawns)
  • Liverpool Campus: Level 1
  • Nirimba: Between Building U10 and U11
  • Parramatta City Campus: Level 1
  • Parramatta South: The Hub Precinct

Staff and students on our smaller campuses and clinical schools can also participate in the conversation through activation packs that will be delivered and set up in student common areas.

For more information on student facing health promotion initiatives on campus please join our Facebook Group or follow us on Instagram.

Volunteer at a Campus Event

If you would like to volunteer for a campus event, we would love to have you!

Please submit your expression of interest through the following link: VOLUNTEER NOW, Expressions of interest close on the 23rd of August, 2019.

Please note, to volunteer you will need to attend a 1-hour zoom training session and be available from 10.30am – 2.30pm on the day. Partial days are always welcomed.

Host an R U OK? Day staff team event

Register an R U OK? Day staff morning tea pack on the National R U OK? Day, 12 September!

The University encourages staff to take the time to connect with colleagues by hosting a morning or afternoon tea within your Unit/School and asking, 'Are you ok?' To support these conversations, Work, Health and Safety have sponsored a limited number of FREE RU OK? Day staff packs. Packs contain an assortment of cheeses, crackers and fruit as well as useful mental health and wellbeing resources. Packs are offered as a contribution (serving to 8-10 people); additional catering may be required for teams greater than 10 persons.

RU OK? Day Staff Packs will be provided to the first 10 teams per campus to register per campus. To register for a pack, please click on your preferred campus and complete the registration form. Please note registrations for packs close on 29th August or when allowance are exhausted.

For more information on staff packs, please contact Dearne Richards, WHS and Wellbeing Support Officer (staff facing).

Useful Tips for asking 'R U OK'?

Are you Ok?

  • Ask: "Are you OK?", making sure to let the person know that you have time to talk.
  • Listen: Be open-minded, non-judgmental and patient.
  • Encourage: Make suggestions that encourage physical health, self-care and professional help, if required.
  • Follow-up: Stay in touch. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference
  • More useful tips on asking RU OK? can be found on the R U OK? How to Ask website


  • For more R U OK? Day information and resources about R U OK? Day, visit the R U OK Day webpage
  • For more resources on the Trust the Signs campaign, visit Trust the Signs
  • To learn more about Free, confidential counselling available to all students, please visit the Counselling Service webpage or call 1300 668 370 to make an appointment
  • To learn more about the Employee Assistance Program, please visit EAP
  • For more information on the RU OK? Day @Western initiatives at Western, please contact Rowena Saheb , Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotions Coordinator or Andrea Earl , Mental Health and Wellbeing Student Assistant
  • If you are in crisis, please contact the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511, Lifeline on 13 11 14, Emergency Services on 000, or present to your nearest Emergency Department.
  • For more information on health promotion initiatives on campus please join our Facebook Group or follow us on Instagram