R U OK? Day

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R U OK? Day

Wednesday 11 September

Duncraig SHS is hosting an event to encourage friends and loved ones to start a meaningful conversation with anyone they are worried about. Not-for-profit charity R U OK? is working to inspire everyone, no matter their age or location, to invest more time in the people around them and give them the skills, motivation and confidence to start a conversation with anyone who might be doing it tough.

On Wednesday the 11th of September, students are encouraged to wear yellow to school for a gold coin donation to show their support. On top of wearing yellow, we are holding a fundraising sausage sizzle and bake sale with all funds raised going towards Joondalup Headspace, where many of our students’ access support. Items will be $1 - $2 and there will be vegetarian options.

There will be mindfulness sessions at recess and, through form time, students will be shown an age appropriate short video produced by R U OK?

R U OK? CEO Brendan Maher said, “We know that some conversations can be really tough. But in reality, you don’t have to be an expert to ask the question. Asking shows someone you care about them and that can make a really positive difference in their life and be a stepping stone to accessing appropriate support long before they’re in crisis. Community events are a great way to promote these 4 Steps to navigating that conversation: Ask R U OK?, Listen, Encourage action and Check in.”

Students will be reminded about the full range of support services in school and provided with a list of external support services. We want to make this a really positive day where students feel empowered and capable of helping make a positive impact in someone’s life.

For more information about R U OK? head to www.ruok.org.au if you have further questions around the school event, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Nicole.pearce3@education.wa.edu.au

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