TAFE Western is urging staff and students to show their support for R U OK? Day on Thursday by reconnecting with family and friends.
TAFE Western Psychologist Rachael Buckerfield said the organisation would recognise this important occasion simultaneously at all TAFE Western Colleges across NSW at 10.30am with a special morning tea and presentation.
"R U OK Day will reinforce the positive role that family, friends and neighbours can play in one another’s wellbeing. We hope to remind people that it’s important to spend quality time with each other and have conversations about life’s ups and downs,” Ms Buckerfield said.
"We know that a sense of connection and belonging contribute to our resilience and mental wellbeing, so we hope people walk away from our morning teas even more committed to being there for one another when times get tough.”
Mrs Buckerfield said some important things to remember in the lead-up to R U OK? Day is that together we are stronger and everyone has what it takes to support their friends and family.
“Just starting up a conversation and asking someone how they are can make the world of difference,” Ms Buckerfield said.
“Everyone will need support at some stage in their lives – so why not start making a difference today?”
For more information, tips and advice on how to start a conversation, please visit www.ruok.org.au