Health and Wellbeing

RU OK? Day 2020


RUOK – Is a call to action to ask RUOK not just today but throughout the year. 2020 has presented unique challenges to our way of living, our health, security and wellbeing. There is no better time for us to reach out to those around us, to keep connected, strengthen community and show that we care.

Western invites you to develop a daily habit of asking the people around you, R U OK? Join this 30 minute webinar to learn about a simple and effective 4-step conversation to help you reach out to ask about life’s ups and downs. Please find link to webinar here RUOK? Day

Start a conversation and confidently respond to someone who is not OK.

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

To learn more about Free, confidential counselling available to all staff, please visit the Employee Assistance Program EAP webpage or call 1800 818 728 to make an appointment

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