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R U OK? Day at STEPS Palmerston

 In Adult Migrant English Program, STEPS

This morning Palmerston students and staff acknowledged R U OK? Day with a fabulous and very yellow morning tea.

Every year, on the second Thursday of September, Australia comes together to ask a simple yet profoundly important question: “Are you okay?”

R U OK? Day is an important reminder that a conversation can change a life.

STEPS Palmerston students engaged in R U OK? Day activity.
STEPS Palmerston students engaged in R U OK? Day activity.

Leading up to the day AMEP Palmerston students enjoyed making yellow decorations together.

STEPS Palmerston students engaged in R U OK? Day activity.

This year’s theme is ‘I’m Here to Hear’. Here are some simple strategies to help you have that conversation with someone you sense might be struggling.

Ask: Reach out to someone you care about and ask, “Are you okay?” It can be a friend, family member, colleague.

Listen: When they respond, listen with an open heart and without judgment. Allow them the space to share their thoughts and feelings.

Encourage Action: If they’re not okay, encourage them to seek support from professionals, friends, or family members.

Check In: Follow up with them in the coming days to see how they are going.

Finding Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with life’s ups and down, there are people ready to help you. 

Reach out to Lifeline, Beyond Blue, or 13 Yarn.

If your or someone else’s life is in danger, call 000 for immediate assistance.

For more information about the national initiative, visit R U OK?

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STEPS Casuarina gathered for R U OK? Day 2023.