R U OK? Training

R U OK Day is back in 2019

Who are R U OK?

R U OK? inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the  people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life. Acknowledging that you don't need to be an expert to reach out - just a good friend and a great listener, RU OK? encourage asking "Are you OK?", meaningfully and regularly. 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? @ Western Online Training

As part of the Autumn Semester initiatives and to support building a sense of community in this new virtual environment, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotions Team is hosting online RU OK? Training for students and staff members.

The one hour training session will be facilitated by Rowena Saheb, National RU OK Ambassador and winner of the RU OK? Day 2019 Inaugural Barbara Hocking Award in the Education Sector category.

The sessions aims to increase participants awareness of the RU OK? message and increase attendees confidence to engage in conversations on wellbeing. The sessions covers:

  • Staying connected
  • Recognising the signs
  • Choosing the time to ask the Question
  • Asking RU OK?
  • Services available

Register for a Training Session


Friday 1st May, 2020
12.00pm – 1.00pm


Thursday 7th May, 2020
5.00pm – 6.00pm


Tuesday 12th May, 2020
11.00am – 12.00pm


Wednesday 20th May, 2020
1.00pm – 2.00pm


Monday 25th May, 2020
2.00pm – 3.00pm



Monday 1st June 2020
2.00pm – 3.00pm


Wednesday 3rd June 2020
10.00am – 11.00am


Once you have registered for a session, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotions Team will send you a calendar invitation with a zoom link and additional session information. Post completion of the training attendees will receive a jointly branded certificate.

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

Useful Tips for asking 'R U 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.
  • Check in: 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 RU OK? resources for University campuses, visit RU OK? at Uni - Testing Times
  • 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? @Western initiatives, please contact Taylor Mortimer, Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotions Support Officer
  • 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