Written by Trish Franceschilli and Eleanor De Guglielmo on behalf of the LEI Wellness Group.
On Thursday the 12th of September the nation celebrated R U OK day. Contributors wore yellow t-shirts, lanyards, bandanas and bracelets to raise awareness of suicide prevention and asked family, friends and co-workers if they were OK?
The Learning Enhancement and Innovation Team got together to raise awareness by having a morning tea. The Cog was decorated in black and yellow, even the treats shared at morning tea took the theme of yellow (safe to say we all ate a lot of cheese!).
Why R U OK?
Gavin Larkin decided to promote R U OK when his father, Barry Larkin left his family in deep grief and with endless questions after his death in 1995. Gavin decided in 2009 that R U OK was the question to honor his father and to try and protect other families from enduring the pain Gavin’s family experienced.
Gavin collaborated with Janina Nearn on a documentary to help raise awareness, but then realised the documentary was not enough. This is how the R U OK campaign was born.
Since starting this campaign, sadly cancer ended Gavin’s life in 2011. His legacy is a national Conversation Movement that is equipping Australian with the skills and confidence to support those struggling with life.
To hear more about Gavin’s story, watch the Australian Story, Ep: Beyond Ok.
Refer to the videos below to encourage conversation and notice the signs.
Notice the Signs
How to ask R U OK at work?
Four steps to R U OK
Follow the four steps below to check in with someone. Grab a cuppa, ensure the space is safe, appropriate and start a conversation.
- Ask R U OK?
- Encourage action
- Check in
R U OK is OK everyday
Yes, awareness occurs on R U OK day, however remember to continuously spread awareness on this topic and check in with people who may have a change in behaviour… any day of the year. Remember: a conversation can save a life.
If staff and students and the university can access the below for more information:
- Interpersonal conflict (workplace/home)
- Grief / Trauma counselling
- Dealing with difficult personalities
- Fatigue and perceived inability to cope with work demands
- Dealing with change
- Building resilience and managing stress
- Anger management
- Alcohol, tobacco and substance dependence
- Relationship and family problems
- Emotional and mental health issues e.g. anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder
For current students at the University of Adelaide for support, contact:
Please note, text services are available on: 0488 884 197.