The R U OK? movement is particularly special for us here at Waverley, and this year the national day of action is Thursday, 9 September. This important message of checking in with someone, and developing the tools to feel comfortable doing so, will be explored in wellbeing groups in the lead up to the day utilising the wonderful resources produced by the R U OK? organisation.
Our assembly next Wednesday will have time dedicated to R U OK? Day, a national day of action that reinforces the importance of staying connected with your friends, family and colleagues through all life’s ups and downs, big or small.
The theme of this year is R U really OK? Sometimes it seems much easier to just say you’re ok than talk about what’s really going on, or it can be difficult to explain how you’re feeling. The R U OK? Toolkit asks students to consider things like:
- What could you say if someone said ‘No, I’m not ok’?
- What could you say if someone says ‘Yes, I’m ok’, but your gut says they’re not ok?
- How can we reach out to each other during these lockdown times?
- What immediate supports are available for you and a friend at school if you or they are not ok?
For some self-care tips and strategies to stay connected, check out the resources available through the following websites — and check in with a mate!
>>> Click here to view ReachOut.com , an online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia.
Ms Cathy O’Sullivan
Head of Conlon House