How many times have you asked someone how their week went and heard them reply ‘Oh, it was just fine’? What do you say next?
Thursday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day – better known as R U OK Day, a cause very relevant to all CSU students. Students are almost always under pressure of some kind at university: from exams, assignment deadlines or res school preparation. If not managed properly, constant stress and pressure can turn into depression, mental illness and even worse consequences. Young people and students are especially at risk.
By supporting R U OK Day, CSU hopes to show all students that it’s okay to acknowledge a bad day or a hard week and talk about it. It’s okay to ask a friend if they’re under pressure or having some trouble; sometimes that’s all it takes to avert disaster.
CSU strongly supports the R U OK cause and on Thursday 10 September there will be information stands displayed on all campuses offering help for stress, anxiety, depression and general health and wellbeing for CSU students.
Just some of the important CSU events being held to support R U OK Day include:
- CSU Bathurst: BBQ outside the library (Thursday 10 September)
- CSU Wagga: BBQ at Friday Unwind event (Friday 11 September)
- CSU Albury-Wodonga: general activities (Tuesday 15 September)
So show your support for World Suicide Prevention Day this year, drop into an event at your local campus and don’t forget to ask a friend: R U OK?
R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging and empowering all people to ask “are you ok?” of anyone struggling with life. Our vision is a world where everyone is connected and is protected from suicide.