R U OK? Day 2021

Are they really ok? Ask them today

R U OK Day is Thursday 9th September 2021. This year’s theme is Are they really ok? Ask them today. It is always important to check in with ourselves and those around us and ask R U OK? not just on one day, but every day.

As our national day of action to ask R U OK? it’s a good time to reflect on the previous year and ask ourselves, what have we learnt? We find ourselves in a similar situation as this time last year, locked down and separated from loved ones. Many of us are exhausted despite constantly being at home and maintaining our own mental health can be challenging, let alone the thought of enquiring after someone else’s.
Despite this, research has shown that reaching out to support someone else has numerous benefits for our own mental health, as well as the person you’re reaching out to. Creating a connection with someone (even through a screen) increases our natural oxytocin (the cuddle hormone), which is associated with care and empathy. Reflect on interactions you’ve had throughout this last year, how have you felt when you’ve reached out to someone else?

If you’re reflecting that something is holding you back from reaching out, ask yourself why? Is it because you’re unsure of what to say? Now is a good time then, to practise the skills of what to say after R U OK?

  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen without judgement.
  3. Encourage action.
  4. Follow up.

Visit the R U OK website – here you can practise a role play on what to say after R U OK? and learn how to keep the conversation going.

R U OK? Day Events

R U OK? Day Webinar – Free External Event

The organisers of R U OK? Day are hosting a free webinar on Thursday 9th September.

Come and have a listen to learn when and how to ask R U OK? so you can have a conversation that could change a life.

Speakers include:

  • Sam Mac, weatherman Sunrise and R U OK? Ambassador
  • Katherine Newton, CEO R U OK?
  • Ann-Maree Fardell Hartley, psychologist and suicidoligist

Date: Thursday 9 September
Time: 12:30pm AEST
Cost: Free

Registration through Event Brite

You might laugh, you might cry but most importantly you’ll feel empowered, because asking “are you OK?” when someone’s struggling with life, can make a difference.

LTSA Run Events

Stretch at your desk

Brought to you by Ella Forbes a quick lesson on how to stretch at your desk. We all know that when you’re studying so much you can forget to get up and move around. So, our favourite Yoga instructor has put together some quick and easy stretches to help get you moving without interrupting your study to much! Link will be posted on the LTSA website on the day!

Speed Friending

Join us for an afternoon of meeting people and networking. 
We will provide you with the icebreakers, you just need to provide the answers! You will have 5 mins per person – don’t forget to keep note of the people you have things in common with.

Thursday the 9th of September 3:30pm-4:30pm

Register for the link: R U OK Day – Speed Friending (ltsa.com.au)

R U OK Day? – Self Care Tips

To raise awareness around R U OK? day, LTSA would like you to share some of your self-care tips.

Simply tag us – @latrobestudentassociation on Facebook or Instagram with your self-care tips (text only is fine) and go in the running to receive a $100 voucher to spend on whatever self-care you need right now!

More info: R U OK Day? – Self Care Tips (ltsa.com.au)

Small Regional Campus | Services Lunch Series

Did you know that our Legal, Financial and Advocacy services run across all campus’s? Join your fellow students from Mildura, Shepp and Albury/Wodonga in some fierce mini games and free pizza (voucher) and find out more about what LTSA services are available on the small campus’.

Sign up here: Regional Lunch Series – LTSA Student Support Services


Internal resources

  • Emergency Contacts: In an emergency ring 000 and then security 9479 2222
  • Counselling Support: Provides counselling support on a range of issues that may be affecting a person’s wellbeing.
  • Use our La Trobe University Crisis Line for out-of-hours Mental Health and Wellbeing Support. Phone 1300 146 307 or text 0488 884 100. This service operates 5pm-9am on weekdays and 24 hours during weekends and public holidays.

External resources

  • Lifeline – For anyone experiencing a personal crisis, 24 hours a day 13 11 14.
  • Beyond Blue – The government has created a new Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service which offers further Wellbeing services and resources
  • Headspace – Check out their COVID-19 resource on coping with stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Switchboard – for LGBTIQA+ specific support and referral