Celebrate R U OK? Day at UNSW this September

Celebrate a hybrid R U OK? Day at UNSW this September

On Thursday 8 September, UNSW will be offering a range of events and initiatives, both in-person and online, to celebrate the day.

R U OK? Day is a national movement that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives.


On campus events:

Mathews Pavilions activation

Join us at the Mathews Pavilions between 10am and 2pm to place a note on the Gratitude Wall, meet with Benestar representatives or enjoy a free massage from a massage therapist.

Free coffees

Invite a colleague for an ‘R U OK?’ chat and enjoy a free coffee from Caffe Brioso or the Fitness & Aquatic Centre Café. Both are generously providing 100 free coffees as part of a two-for-one offer.

Registration is essential. Click here to register for the offer from Caffe Brioso or click here to register for the offer from the Fitness & Aquatic Centre Café. You’ll need to provide a printed copy to claim the offer. 

In addition, The Lounge is also offering two-for-one coffees on R U Ok? Day. You can find out more here.

Free massages

Free massages will be available on R U OK? Day from professional massage therapists, in the following locations:

  • Mathews Pavilions, Kensington Campus
  • UNSW Bookshop, Kensington Campus
  • UNSW Fitness & Aquatic Centre Café, Kensington Campus
  • Paddington Campus: Elwyn Lyn Conference Centre ( ELCC)

To enjoy a free massage, visit one of the above locations between 10am and 2pm. 


Online events:

Town Hall

At 2pm on Thursday 8 September, the Division of Operations will be hosting a Town Hall with R U OK? Community Ambassador Kailash Sarma. Kailash is a TEDx speaker, Co-Founder of the Academy of Speakers and Chair of the RUOK? Youth Advisory Board. 

Following Kailash’s keynote, there will be a presentation by Helen Moussa from Benestar, outlining the services which are available to all UNSW staff and their family members under our Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Registration is essential – click here to register. Click here to submit questions via slido.

Virtual Gratitude Tree 

Click here to access the Virtual Gratitude Tree and place a ‘sticky note’ telling others what you’re grateful for this R U OK? Day. 

Virtual backgrounds

Show your support in the lead-up to R U OK? Day by using a banner in your emails or changing your virtual background in Teams and Zoom meetings. Click here for R U OK? resources.

Suicide Prevention Training

UNSW currently provides suicide prevention training to staff and students. The Recognise and Respond: Suicide Prevention for Everyday Life course from the Black Dog Institute will help you feel confident in responding and providing support to a friend, family member or colleague who might be at risk of suicide. Recognise and Respond is a self-paced online course which takes approximately one hour to complete.

To access the course, click here and you will need the following access code: W7cXVGa6EjBS5WYHUmh3

Click here for R U OK? resources.

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