Monash is a Program Partner for R U OK? Day and joins a list of high profile supporters including Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Libby Trickett and rugby league star Wendell Sailor.
R U OK? Day is being held on Thursday, 13 September 2012.
R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to inspiring all Australians to ask family, friends and colleagues, ‘Are you ok?’
The R U OK? Day initiative encourages people to reach out to one another to have open and honest conversations to try to build a more connected community and reduce Australia's high suicide rate.
R U OK? Day organisers say that by taking the time to have a chat, it can stop little problems turning into bigger ones.
Sally Trembath, Director Mental Health & Safer Community Programs said Monash is encouraging all faculties to put on local events to create as much awareness as possible, across all campuses.
"BBQ, morning tea, wearing yellow, cupcake decorating, creating a group art piece, coffee foam designs - it’s your choice. Be as creative as you can!" Ms Trembath said.
Ms Trembath has encouraged staff to advise the mental health programs on what activities are planned so they can help promote it and gather feedback afterwards. Staff are also encouraged to take photos or videos on the day and supply information for use on the R U OK? Day website.
More information about RUOK? Day is available from these websites:
Our participation in R U OK? Day is a small part of the work that’s already being done to focus on psychological health, both preventative and in the event of a crisis, within Monash University.
For more information about the University's involvement in R U OK?, how your department or faculty can become involved or for information on the many mind health programs at Monash contact Clare Swanson, Support Officer (Mental Health Programs) on firstname.lastname@example.org.