R U OK Day

What is R U OK?

R U OK? Day is a national campaign aimed at encouraging everyone to start a conversation by asking their friends, family and colleagues "Are you OK?"

R U OK? is an organisation committed to helping reduce distress by empowering people to make a difference, encouraging open and honest conversation, whilst driving a real connection between people. The organisation's aim is to inspire all Australians to recognise that they can make a positive impact by connecting with their friends, colleagues and loved ones.

This simple but powerful question lets the people in our lives know that they are important to us, and helps to create a sense of connectedness for all in the community.

A sense of connectedness is a crucial component of positive mental health and is a key aim of the UNSW Wellbeing Strategy Group's plan to promote and improve the wellbeing of our University community.

R U OK Day is an initiative of the R U OK? Foundation and supports the Australian Government's National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Each year, more than 2,300 Australians suicide and an estimated 65,000 people attempt suicide each year. Suicide is the biggest killer of Australians aged 15 to 34 years. R U OK? Day is an essential part of the effort to reduce these figures by encouraging meaningful conversations with friends, family and colleagues.



10am – 2pm

Conversation Courtyard

CLB Courtyard

Bring a colleague, grab a coffee and start a conversation. 


10am – 2pm

Gratitude Tree

CLB Courtyard

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how lucky we are. What are you grateful for? Write it on a postcard and hang it from our decorated gratitude tree.


10am – 2pm

SafeWork NSW

CLB Courtyard

SafeWork NSW will be here with games and prizes and to chat about what they can do for you.


10am – 2pm

5-Minute Massages

CLB Courtyard

Feeling stressed? Come for a FREE 5-minute massage and release the tension!


10am – 2pm

Star Wars Lego Challenge

CLB Courtyard

“Be mindful of your thoughts” as you assemble a Lego microfighter on your own, or work with a friend on something bigger…take our Lego Challenge!  



10am – 2pm

Help is Available

CLB Courtyard

We have a counsellor available throughout the day’s events if anyone needs help.


11am – 2pm

Keep Calm, Craft On

CLB Courtyard

Come by and have a conversation and connect during R U OK? Day whilst also creating your very own stress ball using a variety of options for decorations!

11am – 2.30pm


CLB Courtyard

A counsellor from CAPS will be available for students who need help.



12pm – 1pm

Tai Chi

Library Lawn

Achieve tranquility and composure through integrating physical movements, breathing and peace of mind. Beginners welcome!

1.15pm – 2pm

“Ask Laura” Mindfulness Information

CLB Courtyard

Laura Kampel from CAPS is here to answer all your mindfulness questions!


1pm – 2pm

beyondblue Speaker

Design Studio, Ainsworth Building (J17), Level 5

Hear a personal story of hope, recovery and resilience in the face of depression from water engineer Shona Fitzgerald.


All day

Coffee Catch-ups

Catch-up with a colleague over a FREE coffee to find out how they’re going. Caffe Brioso (the coffee cart) is running a two for one offer on regular hot drinks, on receipt of an email booking.