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The University of Melbourne supports R U OK? Day on Thursday 12 September, 2019.

Events and activities

There are a range of events happening on R U OK? Day at the University of Melbourne. Use this day to take the time out to care for yourself and to reconnect with others. Asking the simple question ‘Are you ok?’ can make a world of difference.

R U OK? Day Festival

When: 12–2pm
Where: South Lawn

Come and enjoy a sausage from the M-ASS/SSS BBQ, cuddles from dogs and have a chat with a range of student services/groups, including Health Promotion, CAPS, GSA and UMSU Welfare.

Meditation Class

When: 12–12.45pm
Where: Harold White Theatre, 757 Swanston Street

Join meditation teacher Kieran O'Shea (Meditation Association of Australia) to become more mindful, connected and self-aware.

Break Free From Anxiety

When: 9–2pm
Where: TBC

Learn how to build resilience, manage stress and live a happier, more meaningful life. This workshop will be facilitated by a Counsellor from Counselling and Psychological Services.


Fruit pop-up

When: 10am–2pm
Where: The Hub, Southbank

Pop in to the pop up, grab a healthy treat and have a chat.

R U OK? Day - Ballarat

When: 11am - 1pm

Where: Rural Clinical School, Dunvegan Ballarat

This event invites medical students to participate in a range of games and activities, share lunch together and watch a short video on how to check in with friends and ask RUOK?.

R U OK? Day Games and Dinner - Shepparton

When: 4pm - 6pm

Where: Shepparton Clinical School

This event invites medical students to participate in a range of fun games and activities. Come along and relax with your peers, share a meal and engage in conversation about your wellbeing.

R U OK? Day - Wangaratta

When: 12pm - 2pm

Where: Check with your clinical school

An RUOK? Day Break. Press pause during your busy day in the hospital! Join together with your fellow medical students for some refreshments, and take the time to connect, reflect and learn how to ask RUOK? A conversation can change a life.

Lunch + guest speaker - Jake Edwards

When: 12.30pm - 2pm
Where: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room (Room 106) Sidney Myer Asia Centre (Building 158)

Listen to insightful guest speaker presentation by ex-AFL player Jake Edwards, followed by a light lunch and cupcakes. Jake has dedicated his life to spreading awareness and education of mental health and suicide through his foundation Outside the Locker Room and will tell his story to help start the conversation on mental illness.

Help inspire everyone to ask that simple but important question,  “Are you OK?” and start a conversation that could change a life.


R U OK? Day

When: 7.30am–2pm
Where: MVS Werribee

This event invites MVS students to get involved in various activities and open up conversations around mental health and anxiety. Come along for an early morning yoga class, a healthy lunch, open conversations and positive messaging around mental health and find out how best to support your peers

Health and wellbeing services

Balancing life and study can be challenging. It’s important to maintain a healthy physical and mental wellbeing. The University offers one of the most comprehensive student support networks in Australia.

The University provides a range of services that can support you with:

  • Counselling and mental health resources
  • Doctor appointments, vaccinations, and health advice
  • Safety and security on campus
  • The Safer Community Program
  • Religion and spirituality

Visit the Service Finder to search for support services and resources you can access if you ever need help.

How to ask R U OK?

Need further support?

In Melbourne, there are a range of health services designed to help anyone feeling down or needing support.

If you are looking to chat to someone you can visit a Headspace centre or chat to someone from the Kids Helpline, Lifeline or Headspace. For resources and information on mental health and depression visit beyondblue. If you identify as LGBTI and want to speak with a trained counsellor, call Switchboard for free.