R U OK? Day | School Activities for the Classroom


Written by Alison Smith

R U OK? Day is on Thursday, 10 September 2020. Help to get your school, workplace and community involved by trying some of our R U OK? Day school activities!

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The countdown to asking R U OK? is on!

What is R U OK? Day

R U OK? Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask “Are you ok?”, and support those struggling in life.

Watch this video to find out more…

R U OK? Day for Your Colleagues

Let’s face it, life can throw curveballs at us. A death in the family, health problems, relationship breakdowns and many other devastating life events can be challenging to cope with. So, it’s very likely that a colleague of yours is going through a tough time right now. Or, maybe it’s you who is struggling?

Whoever it is, R U OK? Day is about taking the time to ask – Are you OK?

How to Ask

We, as teachers, are a pretty intuitive bunch. Have you got a niggling feeling that a person that you know is not behaving the way they normally would? Or, maybe you have noticed that they are withdrawn, more stressed than usual, agitated or irritable?

Trust your gut feeling and ask – Are you ok?

Knowing when to ask and more importantly, how to ask can be tricky. For that reason the R U OK?  team has developed four conversation steps to help you navigate a caring chat. The four steps are:

  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check-in

For more information on these four steps visit the R U OK? Day website.


R U OK? Day for Your Students

Do you have students in your class with suspected mental health problems?

It’s shocking to know that according to Kids Matterit is estimated that 1 in 7 school-age children have a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression and behaviour problems. However, only 1 in 4 gets the help they need.

Nearly half of all mental health problems begin before the age of 14.

So, why not share this Together it’s OK! (R U OK?) video with your class?

Look Out For Your Friends – Are You Ok? Posters

Get ready for R U OK? Day by displaying out brilliant Look Out for Your Friends – Are You Ok? Poster Pack posters in your classroom. This poster pack includes six beautifully illustrated posters that teach the four R U OK? conversation steps.

Look out for your friends poster pack

These posters are ideal to use as a stimulus for classroom discussion and small groups activities. Here are a few ideas:

  • Arrange your students into six groups. Provide each group with a different poster, a large sheet of paper and a pen. Encourage students to discuss the poster and make connections to their own life experience.
  • Encourage students to work in small groups to prepare a short role-play based on a poster.
  • Share the posters during a school assembly performance.

R U OK? Day Drama Activities

R U OK? Day drama activities are a great way to incorporate active learning into your day. Most importantly, drama gives your students the opportunity to explore real-life situations through role-playing.

Why not use the four steps of asking R U OK? to write a simple drama script? Next, ask your students to create a short dramatical interpretation of the conversation. This is a perfect way to rehearse for the real event and to build the confidence needed to look out for a friend.


R U OK? Day Display

Our Plain Yellow – Letters and Number Bunting is perfect to create a classroom display.

Use our yellow bunting to create a bright display!

By taking the time to plan a few fun R U OK? Day activities, you make a positive impact on the lives of little people.

Look out for your friends and colleagues. Stay connected and be there for each other, every day.

Perhaps there has never been a more important time to press share.

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