The Flinders community is embracing R U OK? Day this Thursday as a time to connect with someone and perhaps start a conversation that could change a life.
R U OK? Day is an annual national day of action to remind everyone that any day is the right time to ask “are you okay?” and to support those who may be struggling.
Sometimes, a simple and meaningful enquiry can make all the difference for someone’s general wellbeing or mental health.
Staff are encouraged to talk to students about the wide range of support services and activities offered at Flinders University to promote wellbeing and social connections.
In addition to activities at Bedford Park and Sturt campuses on Thursday, Flinders has a wide range of clubs, associations and services offering everything from sport and fitness, yoga, meditation and massage, through to study and student support. Mentoring and special multicultural activities are available at the Oasis drop-in centre.
Between 9am-5pm on week days, students can access a full suite of support services via the Health, Counselling and Disability Service – and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program online or by phoning 8201 3117 any time.
The University has also launched an after-hours crisis counselling service for students, with crisis line 1300 512 409 (phone) and 0488 884 103 (text) details listed on the Flinders website.
Staff are reminded that if you know of a student who needs assistance, please refer them to support at Flinders that is now available around the clock, any day of the year.