Students use their bodies artistically to ask R U OK?

Staff and students spell out R U OK?.
Staff and students spell out R U OK?.

MATER Dei College students and staff formed R U OK? last week in the lead-up to Thursday’s campaign encouraging people to ask the question.

People positioned themselves into the letters for the whole school event, which included a face that moved from being sad to happy.

Other mental health activities held at the college over the week included musical performances, board games, drama tableaus, tug of wars, egg and spoon races, morning teas, gratitude walls and meditation spaces.

The events aimed to build a sense of belonging to the school community for staff and students.

College counsellor Sally Stott, who held the meditation sessions, said demonstrating and learning techniques for relaxation could also help in times of stress for the students.

“Over the past week, Mater Dei College has engaged in Wellbeing Week, which has culminated in over 1100 staff and students producing the R U OK? image,” Mrs Stott said.

“The focus has been on connectedness, supporting each other and engaging in meaningful conversations.

“It’s important for the students to not only know how to ask if their peers are OK, but more importantly to know how to respond.”