USQ lecturers Lauretta Wright and Anne Kerridge, Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer and student experience officer Elle Green at USQ Fraser Coast's R U Ok? Day celebration.
USQ lecturers Lauretta Wright and Anne Kerridge, Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer and student experience officer Elle Green at USQ Fraser Coast's R U Ok? Day celebration. Jocelyn Watts

Ask friends, family and co-workers if they're okay today

UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland managers are urging staff, students and the entire Fraser Coast community to ask friends, family and co-workers if they're okay today.

USQ supports R U OK? Day, which is held on the every second Thursday of September to encourages Australians to check in with anyone struggling with life issues.

In acknowledgement of R U OK? Day, USQ Student Services and Phoenix Central be holding a morning tea for students and staff at the Fraser Coast campus.

USQ student experience officer Elle Green said it was incredibly important for everyone to have regular, meaningful conversations.

"There's an emerging body of research which links supportive social relationships and a sense of social connection with protective factors in suicide prevention," she said.

Ms Green said the event gave the university an opportunity to showcase the supportive community it had developed for students and staff.

"This sense of community allows people to feel comfortable in approaching others when they notice that they may not be doing OK and provide the support that they may need," she said.

The R U OK? Day USQ event will take place from 11am to noon on Thursday, September 12, at USQ Fraser Coast, 161 Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba.

USQ Fraser Coast student ambassadors Emma Molen, Taylar Matthews and Anthony Slack with student experience officer Elle Green with a bowl of lolly bananas, which was good conversation starter.
USQ Fraser Coast student ambassadors Emma Molen, Taylar Matthews and Anthony Slack with student experience officer Elle Green with a bowl of lolly bananas, which was good conversation starter. Jocelyn Watts


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