RUOK Day aims to encourage us to start a conversation with someone, and check in if they are ok. Simple.
If they say they are not ok, you can follow the conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.
Flinders RUOK? Day events
On campus Thursday 12 September, we want to encourage you to start these conversations at one of our three boho-themed picnic set ups between 11am and 2pm.
Will have live music, free fruit and free tea/coffee, games and wellbeing activities.
Enjoy the freebies, and indulge in mindful colouring and music while relaxing on a picnic rug.
Flinders student clubs including Business, Criminology and Governance are taking the lead on this event to bring you chilled vibes, fun games and freebies, including free coffee/tea from Local Brew (first 150 students only).
Knowing about services that support
If you are having a conversation with someone and aren’t sure of how to further support them, below are a few options:
- Safe Talk workshop is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone, regardless of experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. The next session is planned for Wednesday 11th September, 2019. Bookings to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindfulness teaches us to harness our attention, and what you focus your attention on is what will grow and develop. There are many mindfulness based programs running here at Flinders that can teach you and the person you care about to be more ‘present’.
Knowing about FREE FOOD
There are many opportunities to access free food on campus, and with food insecurity (not having enough or good enough quality food) surprisingly common in uni students – here’s a few places you or your friend can get food:
- Winter warmers Simple, good food cooked in the OASIS kitchen, every Wednesday during term time. Free!
- Flinders Community Market At OASIS every Thursday during term time, where you can access free and low cost food, including fresh fruit, vegetables and bread.
- Common Table A combination of shared lunch and shared religious and cultural traditions. On the 1st Wednesday of each month during semester.
- FUSA Welfare Brunch & FUSA says Relax FUSA provide free food around the campus at different locations and times. Breakfast, brunches and lunches – follow their Facebook to be notified when and where.
- Eating Well @ Flinders Cooking demonstrations and food knowledge from this Flinders-based nutrition project
Asking RUOK? helps us keep connected with others. Connection with others is part of our social society and our basic human needs. There are many ways you can connect with people and refer your friends who might need extra connection to these opportunities (better yet, go with them too!).
- Global conversations groups Connect with others and develop your English conversations.
- Welfare support
- FUSA clubs
- Horizon Professional Development Program
- Wellbeing Ambassadors
If you want to learn more about how to help a friend in need, visit the RUOK website.