We are called as members of a Catholic community to love one another and R U OK Day is an important reminder that we need to look out for each other ‘love one another’ every day of the year. During mentor this week, students have been exploring the RUOK? theme for this year – looking at the conversations that happen once they hear someone is ‘not ok’.
Young people cannot be expected to fix someone’s problems, nor know the best way to help and support. However they can listen to what their friend is saying, let them know they care and tell a teacher, school counsellor or trusted adult if they are worried about their friend. By promoting an environment of positive peer support and accessing support channels via an adult, young people can learn that asking, “Are you OK?” is a key life skill.
R U OK? has 4 Conversation Steps to help navigate a conversation when someone says, “No, I’m not OK”. These steps are:
- Encourage action
- Check in
Useful contacts when a young person is not OK:
School counsellor, GP or psychologist
Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800
Lifeline on 13 11 14
More information about R U OK? Conversations can be found at ruok.org.au/
On Thursday we saw students accessorise with yellow as a vibrant reminder to us all that we need to have these conversations and look after each other. A fundraiser stall for Catholic Care meant that we raised $151.50 for local families that may be struggling at this time too.
Emma South, Teaching and Learning Coordinator, RST /Ministry Leader