This will be the third year that Unity College will be recongising and supporting R U OK? Day on the Middle and Senior Campus. This year, Unity College is adopting a theme of ‘We Care’
R U OK?
Is a national suicide prevention charity dedicated to encouraging and empowering everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” of anyone struggling with life. The vision for R U OK? is a world where we are all connected and protected from suicide, by working alongside other mental health and suicide prevention organisations to ensure those who are struggling find the care and support they need.
R U OK? Day is Thursday 10 September – it’s a national day of action to remind us to ask, “are you ok?” of those around us and to support anyone struggling with life.
Unity College will be supporting R U OK? Day through information being presented at the assembly, a shared BBQ lunch and activities, visit from Headspace Murray Bridge and WE CARE wristbands
Shared BBQ lunch (provided): This time is to promote the building of positive connections with each other, through a shared meal (sausage sizzle) and activities. Middle and Senior Students will have the opportunity to mingle with their peers, Unity staff and staff from Headspace Murray Bridge
We understand that many people have been impacted by the change and uncertainties of 2020, particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes and the continuing development of restrictions have been unsettling for many families and individuals. At Unity College, WE CARE and we want to continue to provide a caring environment where students feel safe and supported. We also understand the importance of educating and bringing awareness to mental health, and providing families and students with valuable resources.
R U OK? encourages everyone to start a conversation as early as possible, as the earlier you reach out, the more likely the outcome will be a positive one.
This year we will continue to build on the message of how to reach out to others and that R U OK is a question that we encourage people to ask EVERYDAY. We will step through the process of how you can ask someone the question, and importantly how to encourage someone to seek the professional support that they may need, because this is something we can not do alone, it takes a team to be able to support an individual who is really struggling.
We will also be highlighting that sometimes we are not the best person to be the one to ask the question, as there are times when conversations are too big for friends and family, and this is where professional support is needed. Mental Health and Suicide Prevention service providers can help, and it is important to know how to access these.
- Lifeline 13 11 14
Call 24/7 for Crisis Support
- Kidshelp Line 1800 55 1800
Counselling for young people 5-25 years
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
People at risk of suicide, carers and bereaved
- Headspace Murray Bridge 85312 122
3-5 Railway Tce, Murray Bridge, SA, 5253
Support young people 12-25 years, and their families
We also encourage you to visit the following websites, as they have a great deal of helpful information on a variety of topics relevant to young people and their families.
- Headspace – https://headspace.org.au/
- Reach Out – https://au.reachout.com/
- Beyond Blue – https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
For more information regarding R U Ok? Day, extra support, conversation tips or help in seeking information, go to www.ruok.org.au.
We understand that this can be a very confronting and sensitive topic, that has impacted many families in our community. With respect to this, we will endeavour to continue to bring awareness to our students in a supportive manner. If you would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or contact via the school on 8532 0100.
Please note: Athalie McArdle will be away from Tuesday- Friday Week 8 on a school camp.