What to say after ‘R U OK?’
This week is a very important week at Griffith University – it is Uni mental health and wellbeing week. This year, Griffith is excited to offer wellness events virtually: be sure to check out the event timetable to get involved in yoga, meditation, lessons from guest speakers and so much more, here.
Uni mental health and wellbeing week coincides with R U OK? Day, which will be held on campus at Gold Coast Thursday 10 September 10am-2pm. As we have commenced the transition back to campus, we would love to see you at the event on the grassed area near G07, The Link.
Having a conversation and checking in with your friends, classmates, loved ones and neighbours is so important. As a clinical nurse at Griffith University’s Health Service, I know communication is key. Asking ‘R U OK?’ is a powerful question as it allows that person to recognise that you genuinely care for them and are there to support them.
When supporting your loved ones, listening is a skill that requires time and is a true gift. Most of us lead such busy lives but having the time to have a cup of tea or go walk with a friend can impact that person in such a positive way. You never know, you might feel better for it too!
Here are some ways to help you respond if someone tells you they’re not OK:
- ‘Is there anything in particular you would be comfortable sharing with me?’
- ‘Please know I am always here to listen if you want or need to talk more’
- ‘Do you feel like you have enough support?’
- ‘What’s something you enjoy doing? I’m happy to come along with you where we can talk more’
If you are worried about them, some advice can be:
- ‘Getting support from a professional can really help, would you like me to help you book an appointment?’
- ‘Do you know about the 24/7 support networks out there that can offer support? Such as Lifeline or Beyond Blue?’
At Griffith University’s Health and Medical Service, we work in a team of skilled GPs, registered nurses, mental health nurses, councillors, psychologists and psychiatrists. Our friendly and helpful team is available via face to face appointment or telehealth appointment. Find more information and book here.
By Mikaela Kench