IGS marks R U OK? Day in style

IGS students and staff marked R U OK? Day in style by dressing in yellow and chalking the pavement in front of the school.

On Thursday 8 September IGS participated in a national day of action to remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’. 
Every day is a good day to start a meaningful conversation with someone who may be struggling and, as this year’s theme reminds us, there are ‘No qualifications needed’.

“Personal conversations with other people can be difficult, particularly when they are going through a crisis, or experiencing some big feelings. It can be hard to know ‘the right thing to say’. We can often feel that we have to have all the answers, and/or be able to solve all of that person’s problems and difficulties. But this is not true – we just need to be able to listen, and we don’t need any qualifications for that,” said IGS Director of Counselling Services Joseph Degeling.

“The R U OK? organisation has produced a number of really great images, including their four step model to support us in these conversations with others: Ask, Listen, Encourage action (ie professional help etc) and Check in with them.

“To mark the occasion our students and staff were encouraged to wear yellow and/or black in support of this important day. We arranged activities and had information set up at the front of the school for students and parents.

“It was great to see so many of our community supporting this initiative and joining in to create inspirational messaging in front of the school this morning,” Joseph said.